Jack Quinn (lawyer)

Jack Quinn
White House Counsel
In office
November 1, 1995  February 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Abner Mikva
Succeeded by Chuck Ruff
Chief of Staff to the Vice President
In office
July 1993  November 1, 1995
Vice President Al Gore
Preceded by Roy Neel
Succeeded by Ron Klain
Personal details
Born John Michael Quinn
(1949-08-16) August 16, 1949
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susanna Monroney
Children 5 children
1 stepchild
Alma mater Georgetown University

John Michael "Jack" Quinn (born August 16, 1949) is an American lawyer and businessman. He is a Democratic activist and consultant.

Early life

Quinn attended Georgetown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He later attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, while also serving as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969-1973) and, later, as a legislative assistant to Senator Floyd K. Haskell of Colorado (1973-1975). He was graduated with a J.D. in 1975.


At the age of 26, from 1975 to 1976, Quinn directed Mo Udall's presidential campaign. Later Quinn became a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., working there for almost 20 years. He taught as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as a Democratic National Committee appointee.

He served as general counsel to the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey and was both counsel and communications director to Senator Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign. He was again a Gore advisor during Gore's campaign as Bill Clinton's running mate in the 1992 election, coordinating Gore's preparation for the vice-presidential debates.

After Clinton and Gore won the election, Quinn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Vice President.[1] Later he was promoted to Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, retaining the Counsel to the Vice President title. In September 1995, Quinn became White House Counsel to President Clinton and served in that role until early in 1997.

When Quinn left the White House in 1997, he returned to Arnold & Porter. He later founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a public affairs and public relations firm with Ed Gillespie, a leading Republican operative. The two met as adversaries on Tony Snow's Fox News talk show. Their partnership is considered an early example of the trend towards an interdisciplinary and bipartisan "one-stop shopping" approach to lobbying.[2]

Quinn served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997–98), Fannie Mae (1997-2000) and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He presently serves on the Boards of Alternative Packaging Systems (APS), a developer of innovative non-aerosol packaging technologies; The Water Company, a developer of water purification technologies for industrial uses; and Constellis, a holding company that includes several private security companies (including Academi, Triple Canopy and The Olive Group) that provide services and training to both governmental and private sector clients. Quinn co-chairs the Governance and Compliance Committee of Academi with former Attorney General and Senator John Ashcroft.

Personal life

Quinn is married to Susanna Monroney Quinn and lives in Washington, D.C. with their son, Storm Quinn, born April 26, 2012 and Susanna's daughter Jocelyn. He has four additional children from previous marriages: Jonathan, Megan, Caitlin and Brendan.


  1. White House. "Vice President Gore Names Jack Quinn Chief of Staff." ; accessed November 26, 2006.
  2. Russ Baker, "U.S.: Top Ten Corporate Democrats for Hire". Profile, corpwatch.org; accessed November 26, 2006.
Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Neel
Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Succeeded by
Ron Klain
Legal offices
Preceded by
Abner Mikva
White House Counsel
Succeeded by
Chuck Ruff
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