Terrence “Terry” O’Donnell
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Secretary

June 10, 1987 through Present
Currently serves as Secretary since 2014

Terrence O’Donnell is Senior Counsel at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC. He was identified as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine (December 2004). Terrence O’Donnell’s practice has focused on litigation, primarily complex civil and criminal cases involving the representation of business enterprises, members of corporate boards, senior corporate officers, and senior government officials. In addition, he has extensive experience in international dispute resolution, regulatory/administrative disputes, government contract litigation, campaign finance, corporate governance, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. O’Donnell graduated the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in 1966 and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., in 1971. Among his long history of government service, he served as Deputy Special Assistant to President Nixon from 1972-1974 and Special Assistant to President Ford from 1974-1977. Mr. O’Donnell was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Textron, Inc., from 2000 – 2012. He is a member of the boards of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the National Chamber Litigation Center.

Read Oral History Interview with Terry O’Donnell

Terry O’Donnell walking with President Gerald R. Ford from the Oval Office. March 23, 1975 in Washington, DC at the White House. (Photo Courtesy of David Hume Kennerly)

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