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William H. Taft IV

  • Of Counsel | Litigation

Washington, DC

T: +1.202.639.7164

William Taft is of counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office. While he was in active practice, William counseled clients on government contracts, international trade, international litigation, and arbitration.

In 2001, William was appointed by President George W. Bush as Legal Adviser to the Department of State. After four years of service at the State Department, he rejoined the firm and became of counsel.

William was a US Permanent Representative to NATO from 1989 to 1992. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 1984 to April 1989, and as Acting Secretary of Defense from January to March 1989. From 1981 to 1984, William served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense. 

Prior to William’s initial appointment to the Department of Defense, he was in private law practice in Washington, DC from 1977 to 1981. Before entering private practice, he served in various positions at the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was appointed by President Ford in 1976 to serve as General Counsel.

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