As former Acting General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Mizelle offers clients a valuable perspective on complex international trade and customs matters, cross-border investments, and internal and government investigations.
Chad has substantial experience helping clients navigate complex regulatory schemes. While at DHS, Chad helped shape the Department's approach to reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Chad also played an instrumental role in DHS's efforts to eliminate forced labor in corporate supply chains and has advised companies on Withhold Release Orders (WROs) issued by Customs and Border Protection. Chad has counseled extensively on challenges to tariffs and customs penalties, cyber incidents affecting national security, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 crisis.
Chad has valuable experience handling high-stakes investigations, including those involving intense media scrutiny. Chad has successfully represented clients before numerous House and Senate committees, as well as clients facing state attorneys general investigations. He has also helped prepare senior executives, including five presidential cabinet members, for testimony before Congress.
Before joining Jones Day, Chad held numerous positions in the government. In addition to serving as Acting General Counsel, Chad served as Chief of Staff at DHS, as Associate Counsel to the President at the White House, and as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Chad previously practiced appellate and constitutional law in the Washington office of a major law firm and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seizes Two Shipments of Imported Products Found to Be Made With Forced Labor
Cybersecurity Executive Order Establishes Framework to Strengthen Cybersecurity Elements of Federal Government Contracts
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Steps Up Enforcement Activity Against Products Made With Forced or Indentured Labor
- January 30, 2021
COVID-19 and the Separation of Powers
- Cornell University (J.D. magna cum laude 2013); University of Florida (B.A. 2010)
- Florida, District of Columbia, and New York
- Served with the United States government (2017-2021) in the following positions: Acting General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Associate Counsel to the President, White House; and Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
- Law Clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (2014-2015)