Fred F. Fielding is Of Counsel at Ellis George Cipollone, a firm of seasoned trial lawyers. Prior to joining EGC, Mr. Fielding retired as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the international law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. His practice focuses on crisis management, white collar litigation, internal investigations and independent board reviews, governmental oversight, as well as providing general counseling to corporate and individual clients on a broad array of legal and policy issues involving the intersection of business and government. A trial lawyer by training and experience, he also has extensive experience serving as an arbitrator in international and domestic disputes.
Mr. Fielding served as Counsel to the President of the United States to George W. Bush, from January 2007 to January 2009. Previously, Mr. Fielding also served as White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1986, as well as in the Nixon White House as Deputy Counsel from 1972-74 and as Associate Counsel from 1970-1972.
Mr. Fielding has also served on numerous governmental boards and commissions including being a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (commonly referred to as the “9/11 Commission”), a member of the Secretary of Transportation’s Task Force on Aviation Disasters, the U.S. designated member of the Arbitral Tribunal on the U.S.-U.K. Air Treaty Dispute, and a member of the President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform. He was also a U.S. Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and is a Senior Fellow to the Administrative Conference of the United States.
His numerous professional honors include being named a “Legend in the Law” by the Washington Lawyer magazine, a “Legal Visionary” by the Legal Times, and D.C. Bar’s “Lawyer of the Year 2004.” He has been awarded honorary degrees from Michigan State and Pepperdine Universities in addition to one from his alma mater, Gettysburg College. Other honors have included Gettysburg College’s Medal of Honor, The Atlantic Legal Foundation Award, PBA President’s Award for Public Service, and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Most recently, UVA Law Magazine named him one of the 100 “change agents” in the Law School’s 200 years.
Mr. Fielding also has been active and a director of numerous other professional, civic and charitable organizations, including years of service as Chairman of the Center for Democracy, the National Legal Center, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, and Vice Chair of the Ethic Resource Center. He is currently a Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College and is Chair of the Eisenhower Institute National Advisory Council.
Mr. Fielding is an honors graduate of Gettysburg College and of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Team. He also served to the rank of Captain in the United States Army, and was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal for his service while detailed to the National Security Agency.