Former White House Counsel Stuart Delery Rejoins Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

February 5, 2024

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Stuart Delery has rejoined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he will serve as partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Crisis Management Practice Group and its Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group. Stuart most recently served as White House Counsel for President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

“We are thrilled to have Stuart rejoin the firm,” said Barbara Becker, Chair and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “During his tenure as White House Counsel, Stuart was well known for his innovative thinking and his ability to navigate court challenges, changes in the law, Congress, and investigations—all while keeping an eye on workable solutions. His insight and experience will be invaluable to our clients and teams as we partner together on cutting-edge issues.”

“We are delighted to welcome Stuart back to Gibson Dunn,” said Helgi Walker, Co-Chair of the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group. “What sets us apart is our ability to offer our clients deep expertise in how and why the government regulates, how it makes and enforces the law, and what the best response to adverse government action is, whether negotiation or litigation. We have an unparalleled bench of exceptional lawyers with prior service in key government agencies that affect our clients’ businesses. Stuart’s return further strengthens our ability to give our clients the most current perspective on the government’s regulatory and related litigation efforts.”

“It was an honor to serve as White House Counsel, and I am excited for my next chapter at Gibson Dunn,” said Stuart. “I know firsthand that this is a world-class law firm, and I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues across the firm to build on our robust litigation, regulatory and crisis management platforms.”

Stuart’s return highlights a period of growth for Gibson Dunn, as the firm continues to attract top talent from government. The firm’s team includes senior officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and other agencies at the forefront of consumer protection, competition, white collar investigations, transactional, and policy areas. Recent additions to the firm include Katlin McKelvie, who joined after serving senior roles at the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Health and Human Services, Gus Eyler, who served as Director of the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, Svetlana Gans, who served as Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission, and former federal judges Gregg Costa and George Hazel.

About Stuart Delery

Stuart Delery is an experienced appellate and district court litigator who brings 30 years of experience at the highest levels of government and the private sector to help clients navigate major matters that present complex legal and reputational risks, particularly matters involving difficult statutory, regulatory and constitutional issues. His practice focuses on representing corporations and individuals in high-stakes litigation and investigations that involve the federal government across the spectrum of regulatory litigation and enforcement.

Stuart served as White House Counsel for President Biden from 2022-2023. As Counsel to the President, he advised the President on the full range of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory legal issues, including on questions of presidential authority, domestic policy, and national security and foreign affairs. He managed responses to high-profile congressional and other investigations, and he assisted the President in nominating and confirming federal judges. Stuart also served as Deputy Counsel to the President from 2021-2022. Throughout his time in the White House, he was deeply embedded in the administrative law and regulatory process, working closely with Cabinet secretaries, agency general counsel, and the Department of Justice on policy development and defending litigation challenging Administration actions. Previously, Stuart also served as the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, the third-ranking position at the Department of Justice, and as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, the Department of Justice’s largest litigating division.

Stuart received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor of The Yale Law Journal. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Byron White and for Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.