Richard Ben-Veniste bio

1. Name: Richard Ben-Veniste
2. Title: Partner at Mayer-Brown Law Firm, and Member of the 9/11 Commission
3. Biography:

Richard Ben-Veniste, was a Member of the 9/11 Commission (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States). He is a litigator who focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal cases, and public sector/government law. He has served both as prosecutor and as counsel in a number of different government related cases.

Aside from the 9/11 Commission, Ben-Veniste is also well-known for his involvement in the Watergate Scandal, serving as Lead Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. 

In addition, he was the Democrat’s Chief Counsel on the Senate Whitewater Committee investigating President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater scandal.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Partner, Mayer-Brown Law Firm, 2002-present
  • Presidential Appointment, Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, 2000-2007
  • Commissioner, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (9/11 Commission), 2003–2004
  • Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges Law Firm, 1990-2002
  • Member, New York and the District of Columbia bars
  • Chief Counsel (minority), Senate Whitewater Committee, May 1995-June 1996
  • Chairman, District of Columbia Advisory Committee on Prison Education Reform, 1984–1986
  • Special Outside Counsel, Senate Committee on Government Operations, 1976-1977
  • Chief, Watergate Task Force, Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office, 1973-1975
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District New York, 1968-1973
5. Education:
  • LL.M., Northwestern University, 1968
  • J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1967
  • A.B., magna cum laude, degree unknown, Muhlenberg College, 1964
6. Published Works:
  • 9/11 Commission Report, 2004
7. Contact info: Mayer-Brown Law Firm
Email:  rben-veniste@mayerbrown.com
Phone:  (202) 263-3333
Fax:  (202) 263-5333