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Danielle Conley
Danielle Conley
Partner, Latham & Watkins
Danielle Conley recently served as Deputy Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel. In that role, she advised the President, Vice President and other senior White House officials on legal issues related to domestic policy, including voting and democracy, policing and criminal justice reform, tech accountability, judicial nominations, and racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity issues. She also worked closely with senior officials at the Department of Justice and agency general counsels on a wide array of policy, regulatory, and litigation matters related to the administration’s equity agenda. Prior to her service as Deputy White House Counsel, Ms. Conley served as the deputy on the Department of Justice Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition.

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Ms. Conley was a partner in the Washington DC office of a large international law firm, where she led the firm’s Anti-Discrimination practice. Ms. Conley represents companies, boards, and educational institutions in high-stakes government and internal investigations and other multifaceted legal challenges at the intersection of law, government policy and business. She has significant experience conducting sensitive internal investigations following reported allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination, as well as internal reviews and legal risk assessments on issues pertaining to racial and gender equity. Ms. Conley also regularly counsels clients on civil rights and anti-discrimination matters, including best practices for developing and implementing anti-harassment compliance programs and corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

During the Obama-Biden Administration, Ms. Conley served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. In that role, she provided strategic counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and other senior government officials on a wide range of litigation and policy issues and managed some of the Department’s most significant and high-profile civil rights enforcement matters.

Ms. Conley also previously served as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and as a law clerk for the Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She has been recognized for her work in the public and private sector by the National Law Journal, the Washington Business Journal, and the Diversity Journal. In 2017, Ms. Conley was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington DC’s “40 Under 40.”