Thurgood Marshall Jr. counsels clients engaged in public policy. He provides guidance regarding ethics compliance and corporate governance and he develops legislative and regulatory strategies for clients involved in corporate mergers, professional and amateur sports, commercial aviation, utility and banking regulation, pharmaceuticals, and legal process reforms. He also represents witnesses and companies involved in congressional investigations.
Thurgood served in each branch of the federal government. He was a member of the White House senior staff in the Clinton Administration, holding the position of assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he was President Clinton’s liaison to the executive branch agencies. He was a member of the President’s Management Council and the Continuity in Government team and he directed White House responses to natural disasters and transportation emergencies, including commercial aircraft crashes. Thurgood co-chaired the White House Olympic Task Force and coordinated the involvement of the federal government in the preparations for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Prior to his appointment as Cabinet Secretary, Thurgood was director of legislative affairs and deputy counsel to Vice President Al Gore. He held a position on the Senate leadership staff and played a leading role on a wide range of legislative priorities throughout the first term of the Clinton Administration. Before that, he was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, as well as the Governmental Affairs Committee. He worked on legislative initiatives ranging from antitrust, criminal procedure, corporate crime, insurance, intellectual property, and telecommunications, to consumer protection, transportation safety, and product liability.
Thurgood began his legal career as a law clerk to US District Judge Barrington D. Parker of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, working on a full docket of cases, including United States v. B&O Railroad and United States v. Hinckley.
Thurgood has held senior positions on a number of political campaigns, including the Clinton-Gore campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and the 1988 Gore for President campaign. Thurgood was a Democratic Convention delegate representing Virginia in 1996 and served on the Rules Committee during the 2004 Democratic Convention.
He serves on the boards of Corrections Corporation of America, Genesco, Third Way, the Ethics Resource Center, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Ford Foundation. He has been a member of the Ethics Committee of the United States Olympic Committee since 2001. He was appointed by President George W. Bush on the recommendation of Senator Harry Reid to serve as a member of the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, where he served as chairman prior to completing his term of service in 2012. He is a former board member of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Thurgood was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, where he was also a principal in the firm’s consulting arm.
University of Virginia, 1978, Bachelor of Arts
University of Virginia School of Law, 1981, Juris Doctor
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Supreme Court
Clerkship to Judge Barrington D. Parker of the US District Court for the District of Columbia (1981 - 1983)
Awards and Affiliations
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Election Law Advisory Commission (and former Committee Chair)
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Law & National Security Advisory Committee (Member)
Supreme Court Historical Society (Board of Trustees)
The Third Way (Board of Trustees)
National Women’s Law Center (Board of Trustees)
The Ford Foundation (Board of Trustees)
Corrections Corporation of America (Board of Directors)
Genesco (Board of Directors)
Best Lawyers, Government Affairs Law (2008–2009, 2011–2015, 2017)
Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C. (2014)
Secretary of Transportation’s Award for Outstanding Public Service
United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award
Federal Government Meritorious Service Medal
Washingtonian, One of Washington’s top lawyers (Campaigns & Elections)
Newsweek, 100 people to watch in the new century
The Washington Post Magazine, “Best Lawyers List” (2007)