Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey Announces Brett C. Gerry as Chief of Staff for the Department of Justice

Nov 15, 2007, 00:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Michael
 B. Mukasey today announced that Brett C. Gerry will serve as his chief of
 staff. In this role, Mr. Gerry will assist the Attorney General and senior
 Department of Justice staff in managing and implementing the Department's
 policy initiatives and priorities. Mr. Gerry will succeed Kevin O'Connor,
 who will return to the District of Connecticut where he serves as U.S.
 Attorney; and who the President intends to nominate as Associate Attorney
     "Brett is an outstanding lawyer with a great deal of experience,
 particularly in national security issues," said Attorney General Mukasey.
 "His experience at the highest levels of the Department will be invaluable
 in the coming months. I am grateful he has agreed to serve as my chief of
     Mr. Gerry currently serves as the Department's Acting Assistant
 Attorney General for Legal Policy, a position he will continue to hold
 until a successor is named. Prior to assuming that position, he served as
 Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department's National Security
 Division, where he was responsible for building and leading the new
 Division's Law and Policy Office.
     Before joining the Department, Mr. Gerry served as an Associate Counsel
 to the President and, prior to that, was Deputy General Counsel and
 Assistant Director of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of
 the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Mr. Gerry clerked
 for Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and
 Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
 of Columbia Circuit. He has also worked in private practice in Boston.
     Mr. Gerry received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as
 Editor on the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal on
 Regulation. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and
 a B.A. from Colgate University.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice