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Donald F. McGahn II (Don)

Practice Leader Government Regulation


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  • Widener University (J.D. 1994); University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to Judge Charles R. Alexander, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas (1994-1995)

Government Service

  • White House Counsel to President Donald J. Trump (2017-2018); Commissioner, Federal Election Commission (FEC) (2008-2013)

Don McGahn represents clients before government agencies, in enforcement matters, and in court disputes arising from government regulation or action. He handles litigation, crisis management, regulatory compliance, and political issues.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2019, Don served as Counsel to the President of the United States, advising Donald J. Trump on all legal issues concerning the President and his administration, including constitutional and statutory authority, executive orders, international agreements, tariffs, trade, administrative law, and national security. Don also managed the judicial selection process for the President. During Don's tenure, a historic number of judges were appointed to the federal bench, including two Supreme Court justices. In addition, he spearheaded President Trump's deregulation efforts, which resulted in deregulation at record rates. Following Don's departure from the White House, the President appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a nonpartisan, independent agency dedicated to promoting improvement to administrative agency processes.

Don's accomplishments have been recognized at the highest levels of government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that Don concluded his tenure "not only as the best White House Counsel I've seen on the job, but more broadly, as one of the most successful and consequential aides to any President in recent memory."

Don was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2008, and confirmed in the Senate by unanimous consent, to serve as a member of the Federal Election Commission. He also served as outside Counsel to the Committee on House Administration during the 113th and 114th Congresses and as general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • Named to the 2014 "Influencers 50" list in Campaigns & Elections magazine (November 18, 2013) and cited as "one of the most influential commissioners in the history of the FEC" and one with strong relationships on both sides of the aisle

    Featured in Wall Street Journal and New York Times articles as one of the "architects of the campaign finance revolution"
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