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Fred F. Fielding
Fred Fisher Fielding (born March 21, 1939) is an American lawyer. He held the office of White House Counsel for US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George

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For the Australian rules footballer, see Fred Fielding (footballer). Fred Fielding White House Counsel In office
January 31, 2007 – January 20, 2009 President George W. Bush Preceded by Harriet Miers Succeeded by Greg Craig In office
January 20, 1981 – May 23, 1986 President Ronald Reagan Preceded by Lloyd Cutler Succeeded by Peter Wallison Personal details Born (1939-03-21) March 21, 1939 (age 78)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Political party Republican Spouse(s) Maria Dugger Education Gettysburg College (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)

Fred Fisher Fielding (born March 21, 1939) is an American lawyer. He held the office of White House Counsel for US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush in addition to serving as an Associate and Deputy White House Counsel for Richard Nixon under John Dean. Fielding was also of counsel to the presidential transition of Donald Trump.

  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Law Firms
  • 3 Presidential Administrations
    • 3.1 Richard Nixon
      • 3.1.1 Deep Throat connection
    • 3.2 Ronald Reagan
    • 3.3 George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton
    • 3.4 George W. Bush
      • 3.4.1 Dick Cheney
        • 9/11 Commission
        • Blackwater Counsel
    • 3.5 Donald Trump
      • 3.5.1 Russia
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Personal life

Fielding was born in Philadelphia and raised in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania. He attended Central Bucks High School West, graduated cum laude from Gettysburg College in 1961, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1964.

He married Maria Dugger on October 21, 1967. They have two children: Adam and Alexandra.

Career Law Firms

Fielding was a senior partner at Wiley Rein LLP (formerly Wiley Rein & Fielding), a Washington, D.C. law firm. He has served the American government in a number of roles throughout his career.

In 2009, Fielding was brought on board as a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Law Firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where he specializes in White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations, Energy Regulatory, Environmental Counseling and Litigation, Congressional & Independent Commission Investigations, Washington Strategic Government Relations and Counseling, Corporate, and Litigation, Regulation and Investigations and Crisis Counseling.

Fielding is the vice chairman of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest

Presidential Administrations Richard Nixon

Fielding served as Associate Counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972, where he was the deputy to John Dean during the Watergate scandal.

Deep Throat connection

In April 2003, a team of journalism students taught by William Gaines conducted a detailed review of source materials, leading them to conclude that Fielding was Deep Throat, the unnamed source for articles written by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Many years previously, former White House Chief of Staff for Richard Nixon, H. R. Haldeman, also concluded that Fielding was Deep Throat. That speculation ended after former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official W. Mark Felt announced in May 2005 that he was the mysterious Watergate informant, as later confirmed by Woodward, Bernstein and Executive Editor Ben Bradlee in a statement released through The Washington Post.

Ronald Reagan

He was the Counsel to the President for President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1986.

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

Fielding served on the Tribunal on the U.S.-UK Air Treaty Dispute (1989–1994), George H.W. Bush's Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform (1989) and Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater's Task Force on Aviation Disasters (1997–1998).

George W. Bush

He was selected on January 8, 2007 by President George W. Bush to replace outgoing White House Counsel Harriet Miers. Fielding was responsible for approving the pardon issued by President Bush to convicted real estate fraudster Isaac Toussie. When the New York Daily News reported that Toussie had made large contributions to the Republican Party, the White House revoked the pardon the next day.

Dick Cheney

Fielding has reportedly maintained close ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, whom he has known for decades and occasionally served as an informal adviser. However, according to Time magazine in July 2009, Fielding opposed Cheney's request that President Bush issue a full pardon to convicted vice presidential aide Scooter Libby. Following Fielding's advice, Bush ended up not pardoning Libby. J. Michael Luttig, a former federal judge who worked with Fielding in the Reagan Administration and remains close to Fielding, said: "He has a firm, clear view of executive prerogative, but he also understands as well as anyone in Washington the constitutional need for compromise. He is not someone that takes an absolutist position and then drives the presidency and the branches together off the brink. He has judgment."

9/11 Commission

In 2002 Fielding became one of ten bipartisan members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission).

Blackwater Counsel

In 2007 he represented, along with a great many others, Blackwater Worldwide, a private military company. Following the Blackwater Baghdad shootings, Henry Waxman's House Oversight Committee subpoenaed its Chief Executive Officer Erik Prince to testify. The climate of opinion among politicians and the public at large jeopardized its contracts to provide security for State Department personnel in Iraq. He also represented the firm in Helvenston et al. v. Blackwater Security, a lawsuit arising from the 31 March 2004 Fallujah ambush.

Donald Trump

Fielding serves on president-elect Donald Trump's legal team. Fielding's work for Trump was announced by his Morgan, Lewis colleague, xx xxx, when she spoke at Trump's January 11, 2017, a day after a leaked document alleged the Trump campaign's long suspected collusion with Russian efforts to derail his presidential campaign competitor Hillary Clinton.


Fielding has published legal articles on the topics of presidential counsel and Russia and Ukraine matters in his role at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The firm was named 2016 Russia Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners The awards are based on research and, "substantial feedback from clients." The firm's Moscow office has won previous honors for its high-profile work in Russia. Including a Tier 1 rank from The Legal 500 EMEA for Corporate/M&A Law Firm, Russia and a rank in Bank 1 from Chambers Global for Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm, Russia.

  1. ^ "Former White House Counsel Fred Fielding Returns to Morgan Lewis". Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
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  5. ^ Noah, Timothy (April 8, 2003). "Was Fred Fielding Deep Throat?". Slate. Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  6. ^ Allen, Mike (January 8, 2007). "Exclusive: Bush Picks a Replacement for Harriet Miers". Time. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  7. ^ Jim Rutenberg (2007-01-09). "Reagan Lawyer Ready to Return to White House". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
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  9. ^ Van Heuvelen, Ben (2007-10-02). "The Bush administration's ties to Blackwater". Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  10. ^ Neff, Joseph (2008-03-11). "Blackwater faces more scrutiny". News and Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina: The McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-01-20. Fred Fielding is now White House counsel for President Bush, but in 2005 he represented Blackwater in a lawsuit filed by the families of four Blackwater workers killed in a massacre in Fallujah in 2004. 
  11. ^ Waxman, Henry A. (2008-03-10). "Employment Practices of Blackwater Worldwide" (PDF). Memorandum to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  12. ^ Broder, John M.; James Risen (2007-11-01). "Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Talent". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  13. ^ Scahill, Jeremy; Amy Goodman (2007-01-27). "Our Mercenaries in Iraq: Blackwater Inc and Bush’s Undeclared Surge". Democracy Now. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  14. ^ Broder, John M.; James Risen (2007-09-27). "Blackwater Tops Firms in Iraq in Shooting Rate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
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  16. ^ 2016 Chambers Europe guide as Russia Law Firm of the Year.
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External links
  • 9/11 Commission
  • Fred Fielding's federal campaign contribution report
  • Listing on Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP
  • Spartacus Educational Biography
Legal offices Preceded by
Lloyd Cutler White House Counsel
1981–1986 Succeeded by
Peter Wallison Preceded by
Harriet Miers White House Counsel
2007–2009 Succeeded by
Greg Craig
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