Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General United States of America
Eric H. Holder, Jr. is a former partner at Covington & Burling LLP, where he specialized in, among other things, complex civil and white-collar litigation and domestic and international advisory matters. Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Holder was Deputy Attorney General of the United States, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, an Associate Judge for the D.C. Superior Court, and a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. He has testified on numerous occasions before the Senate and the House. He has tried and investigated a wide variety of criminal and civil matters.
Mr. Holder’s community activities include service on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Meyer Foundation and Save the Children. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees and is featured in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 for Bet-the-Company Litigation. He has also served on the board of MCI prior to and during its merger with Verizon. Mr. Holder was a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an Ad Hoc Advisory Group that examined and made recommendations to revise the organizational sentencing guidelines. Mr. Holder was also the Chairman of Eastman Kodak’s External Diversity Advisory Panel.
He attended Columbia College, majored in American history, and graduated in 1973. Mr. Holder then attended Columbia Law School and graduated in 1976. While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.