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Courtney Simmons Elwood

General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Courtney Simmons Elwood is the General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, the chief legal officer of the Agency. She took office in June 2017, following confirmation by the United States Senate.

Prior to joining the CIA, Courtney was a partner at the law firm of Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC. She joined the firm in 1996, after clerking for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the Supreme Court of the United States, and for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 2001 to 2007, Courtney served in a number of senior positions in government, including as Associate Counsel to the President, Deputy Counsel to the Vice President, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General.

Courtney is a graduate of Yale Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University.

Posted: Jan 09, 2018 05:37 PM
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2018 05:37 PM