Jude Volek*, a former senior White House counsel and senior DOJ official, advises clients on highly sensitive internal investigations, government enforcement actions, regulatory work, and litigation.

Mr. Volek draws on his extensive government experience in crisis management to tactfully advise on a range of intricate issues, including:

  • Equity and DEI initiatives
  • Artificial intelligence and other rapidly advancing technologies
  • Civil rights compliance, investigations, and litigation

Mr. Volek has represented several universities in an array of matters, including in internal investigations following reported allegations of misconduct and in investigations conducted by the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, related to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. He has also advised companies and other organizations on sensitive internal investigations and a range of equity- related issues.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Volek served as special assistant and senior associate counsel to President Biden in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he advised on developing and implementing executive orders, presidential memoranda, agency actions, and other initiatives to ensure administration actions complied with the Constitution and federal law.

Mr. Volek also previously served as deputy chief of the Special Litigation Section of the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he led all stages of complex investigations and civil litigation, most notably in US v. Ferguson, Missouri, and US v. New Orleans. His work garnered him the DOJ’s highest award — the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award — and the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Excellence in Litigation.

After law school, Mr. Volek clerked for Judge Janet C. Hall of the US District Court for the District of Connecticut and Judge Sandra Lynch of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

*Work in the District of Columbia conducted pursuant DC Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(8). All work in the District of Columbia supervised by a member of the DC Bar.

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2009
    cum laude
  • BA, Amherst College, 2003
    magna cum laude