May 04, 2009
Ian H. Gershengorn ’93 has joined the Department of Justice’s Civil Division as deputy assistant attorney general. He will oversee the Federal Programs Branch.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, he was a partner in the litigation department at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the firm’s appellate, Supreme Court, and communication practice areas. He joined the firm in 1997 and had an active Indian law practice, representing tribes in front of the Supreme Court. At the firm, he worked with Thomas Perrelli ’91, who was confirmed in March as associate attorney general.
Earlier in his career, Gershengorn served in the Justice Department as a special assistant and counsel to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick ’75, and later as assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno ’63. In both positions, he worked on a variety of civil and civil rights matters and coordinated the department’s responses to organizations on rules-related issues.
Approximately 100 attorneys are employed by the Federal Programs Branch, which litigates on behalf of approximately 100 federal agencies, the President, cabinet officers, and other government officials.
Gershengorn received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1988 and his J.D. from HLS, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a clerk for Judge Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.