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Jones Day partner Eric Dreiband confirmed as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

October 2018


The United States Senate confirmed Jones Day partner Eric Dreiband the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division for the Department of Justice. A member of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice, Mr. Dreiband is based in Jones Day's Washington Office

"In both prior government service and private practice, Eric has established himself as a very talented lawyer with deep experience overseeing complex civil rights and employment matters," said Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "He is well-qualified to lead the Justice Department division charged with upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. We wish him the greatest success in this new chapter of his career."

Mr. Dreiband previously served as the general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). He directed the federal government's litigation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other federal employment antidiscrimination laws. Mr. Dreiband  also issued the Regional Attorneys' Manual, which established the policies of the EEOC's litigation program.

Prior to his EEOC service, Mr. Dreiband was deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's ("DOL") Wage and Hour Division. He directed the federal government's enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other employment-related laws. For his contributions to the DOL's efforts in updating  its overtime regulations, Mr. Dreiband received the Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award. He also received the Secretary of Labor's Compliance Assistance Award for leading the DOL's efforts to increase compliance with the federal child labor laws. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Dreiband served in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation awarded him a special commendation after he led the investigation and successful prosecution of a former associate attorney general of the United States.

Mr. Dreiband earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a master's degree from Harvard University, and a law degree from Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors and was articles editor of the law review. He has spoken and written extensively about civil rights, employment laws, and other related topics, and has testified regarding these subjects before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

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