William J. Haynes II

 

William J. Haynes II

General Counsel
Department of Defense


Jim Haynes has served as the General Counsel of the Department of Defense since May 24, 2001. Appointed by President Bush with the advice and consent of the Senate, Mr. Haynes is the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense and the legal adviser to the Secretary of Defense. He provides oversight, guidance, and direction regarding legal advice on all matters arising within the Department of Defense, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and oversees legal services delivered by the military and civilian attorneys in all Department of Defense components.

Prior to serving as the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Mr. Haynes twice was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block (1993-1996 and 1999-2001), where he provided legal services to corporate and individual clients. From 1996 through 1998, he served as staff vice president and associate general counsel of General Dynamics Corporation, and as general counsel of General Dynamics Corporationís Marine Group.

After Mr. Haynesí Senate confirmation in early 1990, the President appointed him General Counsel of the Department of the Army, a post he held for three years. As chief legal officer of the Army, Mr. Haynes was ultimately responsible for all legal matters confronting the Department of the Army, and for professional oversight of the military and civilian lawyers in the Department of the Army.

In private life, Mr. Haynes has engaged in a wide variety of public service activities, including service on advisory committees and boards and providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations.

Born in Texas, Mr. Haynes earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. After law school, Mr. Haynes clerked for U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also served four years on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Haynes is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the States of Georgia and North Carolina

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