Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
Ambassador David Pressman is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP where he represents clients in national security and human rights related litigation. He is the current Co-Chair of both the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Law Committee and Jenner & Block’s International Human Rights Practice. He has represented high-profile whistleblowers; hostages held overseas; victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in litigation against key Russian Federation actors; and victims of attempted assassinations. Ambassador Pressman represented the United States on the United Nations Security Council and led U.S. negotiations on international peace and security issues around the world, from Europe to East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East. Prior to his service as U.S. Ambassador, Pressman served as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security leading the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy Development responsible for formulating and advancing policy on complex national and homeland security challenges. As the Director for War Crimes and Atrocities on the National Security Council at the White House, Pressman was responsible for coordinating the U.S. Government’s efforts to prevent and respond to mass atrocities and war crimes. Pressman’s work helped lead to the first Presidential directive banning human rights abusers from entering the United States; the first Presidential directive creating a standing body responsible for the early prevention of mass atrocities; the first White House body devoted to finding and bringing priority international war criminals to justice; the first Presidential directive identifying international LGBT rights as a core element of U.S. human rights policy; and a global diplomatic campaign resulting in the first United Nations resolution in history recognizing LGBT rights as human rights. In addition to his law practice, Ambassador Pressman served as the Founding Executive Director of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, the private family foundation of George and Amal Clooney. He also co-founded the international advocacy organization Not On Our Watch, devoted to focusing global attention on mass atrocities and gross violations of international human rights. During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Pressman served as an aide to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Ambassador Pressman received his B.A. from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from New York University School of Law.