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William H. Taft, IV
Legal Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser
Term of Appointment: 04/16/2001 to 03/01/2005

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William H. Taft IV has served as the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State since April 2001. He is the principal adviser on all domestic and international legal matters to the Department of State, the Foreign Service, and the diplomatic and consular posts abroad. He is also the principal adviser on legal matters relating to the conduct of foreign relations to other agencies and, through the Secretary of State, to the President and the National Security Council.

Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Taft was a litigation partner in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office, concentrating in government contracts counseling and international trade.

Prior to joining Fried Franks in 1992, Mr. Taft was the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO from 1989 to 1992. He served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 1984 to April 1989 and as Acting Secretary of Defense from January to March 1989. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Taft was General Counsel for the Department of Defense.

Mr. Taft was in private law practice in Washington, DC from 1977 to 1981. Before entering private practice, he served in various positions at the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was appointed by President Ford in 1976 to serve as General Counsel.

Mr. Taft received his JD in 1969 from Harvard Law School and his BA in 1966 from Yale University. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.



Released on July 17, 2001

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