Former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger III '78, a partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's Washington, D.C, office, answered a few questions about his most challenging cases, practice areas in need of reform, attorneys that have impressed him, and mistakes made early in his career. Terwilliger says, "On one occasion as a young lawyer, in the midst of a hard-fought jury trial and facing an obstreperous attorney on the other side, I asked a question which was objected to as leading, which objection was sustained. I rephrased the question so as to be nonleading by use of a conventional phrase. It was again objected to and again sustained. I turned to the judge and sharply said, "But I said, 'Did there come a time ...' and the judge said, "And I said, 'Sustained!'” Being thus diminished in the eyes of the jury, I learned that many times it is better to give up a battle and remain focused on the objective of winning the war." Read the full interview at Morgan Lewis (pdf).
George Terwilliger III co-chairs the firm's white collar litigation and government investigations practice. He provides counsel in litigation, internal investigations, and enforcement proceedings, especially those involving the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other primary enforcement agencies. He has represented energy, financial, telecommunications, health care and industrial companies in government investigations and in civil and criminal litigation. He has also conducted corporate internal investigations and legal compliance reviews. In public service, Terwilliger was appointed as a U.S. Attorney by President Ronald Reagan and served as deputy attorney general and as acting attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration.