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Leitch, David G.

Winter 2015

333 Hutchins Hall

David G. Leitch has served as general counsel of Ford Motor Company, where he leads the company’s litigation, tax, corporate, and intellectual property efforts, since April of 2005. He also advises the company’s board of directors and senior management on a wide range of legal issues, and oversees its General Auditor’s Office. Under his leadership, the Office of General Counsel has won numerous awards, including being named Corporate Counsel magazine's Best Legal Department in 2006. Leitch has been profiled and quoted in several magazines, including Corporate Counsel and Inside Counsel. He was honored in 2011 as the overall winner of the General and In-House Counsel Awards by Crain’s Detroit Business, has been identified as an “Attorney Who Matters,” by Ethisphere magazine, and in 2014 was named one of America’s Outstanding General Counsels by The National Law Journal.

Immediately prior to joining Ford, Leitch served in the White House as Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he advised the President and his staff on a variety of legal issues, including issues involving national security, judicial nominations, legislative proposals, and ethics. From June 2001 through December 2002, Leitch served as chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he worked on various regulatory and national security matters in the wake of the attacks of September 2011. He is also a past deputy Assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, advising the executive branch on matters of constitutional and statutory interpretation.  

Leitch earlier served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as a law clerk to Fourth Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, and as a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells), where he was a member of the appellate practice group led by John G. Roberts, Jr. He briefed and argued numerous cases in the state and federal appellate courts involving a wide variety of subject matters. Leitch is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

From 2006 to 2012, Leitch served as chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Leitch is a member of the boards of directors of Talmer Bank and the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center. He is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and also serves on general counsel advisory committees for the National Center for State Courts and the Civil Justice Reform Group.