Paul D. D'Amato
Principal Deputy Director
Office of Legislative Counsel
Paul D'Amato has over twelve years of experience in the Department of Defense Office of Legislative Counsel. As the Principal Deputy Director, his primary responsibility is to manage the Department's legislative program, which involves developing, coordinating, and submitting annually the largest and most complex piece of legislation in the Federal Government -- the National Defense Authorization Act. He also drafts, and assists DoD officials in drafting, proposals for inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act. He researches, and works with other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel to resolve, legal and legislative issues presented by proposals. He confers with officials in the Office of Management and Budget on the interagency coordination and clearance of proposals. He also prepares memoranda to aid the Legislative Review Panel and the General Counsel in resolving intra-departmental disputes.
Mr. D'Amato previously served in the Office of Legislative Counsel as a legislative attorney and then as the Deputy Director for Legislation. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. D'Amato served as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus, analyzing the impact of a wide variety of legislative issues on the Sunbelt Region of the United States.
Mr. D'Amato has a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from George Washington University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Virginia.
He is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.