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With decades of investigative experience in the executive and legislative branches of government, as well as in private practice, Eleanor Hill specializes in congressional and Inspector General investigations, internal investigations, compliance, crisis management and issues related to national security. A partner in our Government Advocacy practice and leader of our National Security, Defense Industry and Intelligence team, Eleanor has represented clients in financial services, defense, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and many other industries.

Eleanor has extensive experience in high-level government positions. As Staff Director for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ Joint Inquiry on the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, she led the bipartisan investigation that reviewed all relevant U.S. intelligence and first uncovered missed opportunities in pre-9/11 counterterrorist efforts.

Previously, Eleanor was appointed by President Clinton to be Inspector General to the Department of Defense. In that role, she directed audits, criminal and administrative investigations, and investigative policy throughout the Department. A leader in the inspector general community, Eleanor served as vice-chair of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, co-chair of the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum and a member of the Attorney General’s Council on White Collar Crime.

As Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Eleanor led numerous domestic and international congressional investigations. She also served as Liaison Counsel for the Senate Select Committee responsible for the Iran-Contra investigation. Having spent nearly 17 years conducting congressional investigations, she now uses that expertise to assist clients facing high-profile and high-risk congressional inquiries.

Eleanor is also an experienced federal prosecutor and trial lawyer. Serving both as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Special Attorney with the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), she has substantial grand jury, trial and appellate experience. She speaks frequently on topics relating to congressional and government investigations, national security, intelligence policy and counterterrorism.

Eleanor has been listed in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America guide for Government Relations. In 2004, she was inducted into the “Academy of Women Achievers,” a distinguished group of the country's most prominent women recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments, by the YWCA of the City of New York. She was also awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary William Perry, and the Bronze Palm of the Distinguished Public Service Medal by Secretary William Cohen.

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Credentials

B.S., Florida State University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., Florida State University, with high honors

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

District of Columbia

Matters

Represented a major defense contractor in connection with government investigations of performance issues pursuant to Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Represented a global financial institution in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax issues.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore profits and corporate tax issues.

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Represented a major defense contractor in connection with government investigations of performance issues pursuant to Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Represented a global financial institution in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax issues.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore profits and corporate tax issues.

Represented a major oil company in federal and state legislative investigations of gasoline pricing.

Represented a major health insurer in investigations related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Represented a leading defense contractor in an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding counterfeit parts in the defense supply chain.

Represented a global pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding corporate tax issues.

Represented a federal contractor in an investigation and hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding post-Katrina Federal Emergency Management Administration emergency response contracts.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the provision of television services by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Represented a leading medical device manufacturer in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Committee on Aging regarding conflict of interest and physician payment issues.

Represented a major Department of Defense and Department of Energy contractor in a House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigation regarding federal loan guarantees issued to Solyndra, Inc.

Represented a prominent U.S. businessman in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax shelters.

Represented a major telecommunications company in connection with inquiries by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) issues.

Represented a leading Fortune 50 corporation in an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding corporate tax shelter issues.

Represented a leading defense contractor in an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding budget sequestration.

Represented a major defense contractor in connection with Congressional inquiries regarding security and compliance requirements for maintenance of personally identifiable defense health care information.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in connection with testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

Represented a major federal contractor in connection with government investigations regarding performance, requirements and compliance issues related to a large, multi-year government information technology contract.

Represented a defense contractor in connection with testimony before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Represented a national trade association in connection with Medicare and health insurance reform issues.

Represented a major health insurer in Inspector General investigations.

Represented major defense contractors in various Inspector General audits and investigations focused on government procurement issues.

Represented the Director of a Department of Defense agency in an Inspector General investigation of conflict of interest issues.

Represented senior military officers in various Inspector General investigations.

Represented various companies in connection with Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) national security reviews of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.

Conducted internal reviews and investigations, on behalf of federal contractors, regarding compliance and ethics-related allegations.

Conducted a comprehensive "best practices" export compliance review and assessment for a major defense and aerospace company.

Assisted various companies, including those in the defense, insurance and health care industries, in developing and improving corporate compliance policies and practices.

Developed, and helped implement, corporate crisis management planning at major federal contractors.

Matters

Represented a major defense contractor in connection with government investigations of performance issues pursuant to Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Represented a global financial institution in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax issues.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore profits and corporate tax issues.

See more
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Close

Matters

Represented a major defense contractor in connection with government investigations of performance issues pursuant to Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Represented a global financial institution in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax issues.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore profits and corporate tax issues.

Represented a major oil company in federal and state legislative investigations of gasoline pricing.

Represented a major health insurer in investigations related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Represented a leading defense contractor in an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding counterfeit parts in the defense supply chain.

Represented a global pharmaceutical company in an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding corporate tax issues.

Represented a federal contractor in an investigation and hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding post-Katrina Federal Emergency Management Administration emergency response contracts.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the provision of television services by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Represented a leading medical device manufacturer in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Committee on Aging regarding conflict of interest and physician payment issues.

Represented a major Department of Defense and Department of Energy contractor in a House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigation regarding federal loan guarantees issued to Solyndra, Inc.

Represented a prominent U.S. businessman in an investigation and hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding offshore tax shelters.

Represented a major telecommunications company in connection with inquiries by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) issues.

Represented a leading Fortune 50 corporation in an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding corporate tax shelter issues.

Represented a leading defense contractor in an inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding budget sequestration.

Represented a major defense contractor in connection with Congressional inquiries regarding security and compliance requirements for maintenance of personally identifiable defense health care information.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in connection with testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

Represented a major federal contractor in connection with government investigations regarding performance, requirements and compliance issues related to a large, multi-year government information technology contract.

Represented a defense contractor in connection with testimony before the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Represented a national trade association in connection with Medicare and health insurance reform issues.

Represented a major health insurer in Inspector General investigations.

Represented major defense contractors in various Inspector General audits and investigations focused on government procurement issues.

Represented the Director of a Department of Defense agency in an Inspector General investigation of conflict of interest issues.

Represented senior military officers in various Inspector General investigations.

Represented various companies in connection with Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) national security reviews of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.

Conducted internal reviews and investigations, on behalf of federal contractors, regarding compliance and ethics-related allegations.

Conducted a comprehensive "best practices" export compliance review and assessment for a major defense and aerospace company.

Assisted various companies, including those in the defense, insurance and health care industries, in developing and improving corporate compliance policies and practices.

Developed, and helped implement, corporate crisis management planning at major federal contractors.

Credentials

B.S., Florida State University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., Florida State University, with high honors

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

District of Columbia