An attorney and currently partner at Mayer Brown LLP, Richard Ben-Veniste’s career began in 1968 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, then chief of the Special Prosecutions section. He was a leading Watergate prosecutor as chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office (1973–1975) and the Democrats’ Chief Counsel on the Senate Whitewater Committee (1995-1996). In 2000, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, which declassified eight million World War II and post-war documents. As one of 10 members of the 9/11 Commission, he co-authored the report examining the circumstances leading to the terror attack. Most recently, he served on the Lawyers Advisory Board of the National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2002, Mr. Ben-Veniste’s private practice included serving as a partner of Melrod, Redman & Gartlan, a founding partner of Ben-Veniste and Shernoff, and a partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
He is a frequent commentator on broadcast, cable and print media and guest lecturer at law schools, as well as author of The Emperor’s New Clothes: Exposing the Truth From Watergate to 9/11 and co-author, with George Frampton, of Stonewall: The Real Story of the Watergate Prosecution.
Mr. Ben-Veniste holds an A.B. from Muhlenberg College, LL.B. from Columbia Law School and LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law.