Thurgood Marshall Jr.

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Thurgood Marshall Jr.
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Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
In office
November 15, 2011 – September 13, 2018
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byLouis J. Giuliano[1]
Succeeded byMike Duncan
Member of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
In office
December 15, 2006 – September 13, 2018
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byNed McWherter[2]
Succeeded byMike Duncan[3]
White House Cabinet Secretary
In office
February 7, 1997 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byKitty Higgins
Succeeded byAlbert Hawkins III
Personal details
Born (1956-08-12) August 12, 1956 (age 66)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Teddi Levy
(m. 2008)
RelationsJohn W. Marshall (brother)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA, JD)

Thurgood Marshall Jr. (born August 12, 1956) is an American lawyer and son of the late Supreme Court of the United States Justice Thurgood Marshall. Marshall worked in the Bill Clinton White House and is a retired international law firm partner. He also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation.

He is a member of the board of directors of En+ Group,[4] the world's largest producer of low-carbon aluminum and independent hydropower; and DRB Capital[5] a financial services firm headquartered in Florida. According to documents filed with the SEC, he is a director serving on the board of Corrections Corporation of America,[6] the largest commercial vendor of federal detainment and prisoner transport in the United States.[7] Since 2012, Marshall is also an independent director serving on the board of Genesco, an international footwear and apparel retailer based in Nashville, Tennessee.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born on August 12, 1956, in New York City. He is the son of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and Cecilia Suyat, a Filipino American who was Marshall's second wife after his first wife died of lung cancer.[9] His brother is John W. Marshall, a former Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and former U.S. Marshals Service Director.

Marshall attended school at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., and the Dalton School in New York City and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1978, and a Juris Doctor at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981.



Early in his career, Marshall clerked for United States District Judge Barrington D. Parker. He practiced law with a firm based in Washington and New York prior to working on Capitol Hill and in The White House. He served as a Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy with the Senate's Judiciary Committee; Counsel to Senator Ernest F. Hollings and Senator Albert Gore Jr. with the Senate's Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee; and Counsel to Senator Albert Gore Jr. with the Senate's Governmental Affairs Committee.

Marshall served as director of legislative affairs and deputy counsel to Vice President Al Gore, for whom he had previously worked in the United States Senate and as deputy campaign manager of the Al Gore 1988 presidential campaign and as traveling policy advisor on the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign.

Marshall worked in the Clinton administration from 1997 as assistant to the president and White House Cabinet Secretary. In that role, he managed White House relations with the executive departments; his responsibilities included organizing cabinet meetings and briefings, compiling a daily update of cabinet department activities, and coordinating responses to natural and transportation disasters. As vice-chair of the White House Olympic Task Force, he coordinated federal government's preparations for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was also a member of the Interagency Task Force on U.S. Coast Guard Roles and Missions.[10]

President Clinton named Marshall to the Presidential Delegation to the Inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela in 1994. Marshall also served as a member of the Presidential Election Observer Delegation to Bosnia in 1998. That delegation was led by Ambassador Robert Gelbard. Marshall was a member of the United States Delegation to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Private practice[edit]

Marshall joined Bingham McCutchen as a partner when it acquired Swidler Berlin, where he had been a partner since 2003. In addition to counseling clients, Marshall provided internal advice to Swidler Berlin on ethics compliance and corporate governance. He became a managing director of Swidler Berlin's Harbour Group in 2005.[11] He became part of Bingham McCutchen's Government Affairs practice, counseling clients on relations with Congress, the Executive Branch and independent regulatory agencies. He has provided legislative and regulatory counsel on corporate mergers, professional and amateur sports, commercial aviation, utilities and banking regulation, and legal process reform.

After his work in the Clinton administration, Marshall joined Swidler Berlin.

Marshall joined Morgan Lewis in 2014 when it acquired a group of lawyers from the now-defunct Bingham McCutchen firm.

Marshall has been named one of Washington's top campaign and election lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine, a leading lawyer in government relations law by The Best Lawyers in America[citation needed], and included on the Best Lawyers List of the Washington Post Magazine.[citation needed] Newsweek named him one of the 100 people to watch in the new century.[citation needed]


Marshall has authored or co-authored columns that have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Sabato's Crystal Ball (UVA Center for Politics), The Straits Times, The Hill, The Legal Times, The Washington Post, and The National WWII Museum.

Other work[edit]

Marshall is a board member or trustee with the Campaign Legal Center,[12] The Third Way[13] and the Schwarzenegger Institute for State & Global Policy.[14] He serves on the local DC boards of President Lincoln's Cottage,[15] the Dean's Advisory Council for the UMD School of Public Policy, [16] and the DC Grays.[17] Marshall was a senior advisor to AllAmericaPAC, a political organization establish by former Senator Evan Bayh.[18] Marshall was the director of congressional relations for Wesley Clark's 2004 presidential campaign. He has been involved with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, serving on the board of the Foundation for eight years and promoting environmental science and other science education. He also volunteers at a local food bank and other community service outlets in the Washington, D.C. area.[citation needed]

Marshall has been a member of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors, Ford Foundation, Corrections Corporation of America, Genesco, The Third Way, National Women's Law Center, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the Supreme Court Historical Society. He has been a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the United States Olympic Committee since its inception in 2001 until 2012 and chaired the Advisory Commission of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Election Law.[19]

He has participated in election and election law observer missions to Bosnia, Chile, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Marshall is also a veteran of U.S. presidential campaigns.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall and his wife Teddi Levy Marshall, the vice president and founder of Rolling Greens Inc., were married on April 25, 2008. They were married at the Supreme Court of the United States and Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer performed the ceremony. The couple lives in the Washington, D.C., area and they have two sons, Thurgood William and Edward Patrick Marshall.[citation needed]


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  3. ^ "Chairman and USPS Board of Governors, Robert M. Duncan". Archived from the original on 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ "En+ Group – largest producer of low-carbon aluminium". Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  5. ^ "TeamDRB - Dedicated to the Terrific Team at DRB Capital". Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  6. ^ "Yahoo Finance – Business Finance, Stock Market, Quotes, News". Archived from the original on 2014-07-31. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  7. ^ "CoreCivic: Better the Public Good". Archived from the original on 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  8. ^ "Genesco Inc Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  9. ^ "Oral History: Interview of a Filipino American Pioneer in Fairfax County, Mrs. Cecilia "Sissy" Suyat Marshall". Fairfax County Stories. September 26, 2005. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2006-12-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "The Harbour Group | Newsroom". September 28, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28.
  12. ^ "Campaign Legal Center". Archived from the original on 2021-11-18. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  13. ^ "Third Way". Archived from the original on 2021-06-12. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  14. ^ "USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy | Advancing Policy, Not Politics". Archived from the original on 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  15. ^ "President Lincoln's Cottage: Historic museum in Washington, D.C". Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  16. ^ "Dean's Advisory Council".
  17. ^ "DC Grays Baseball – Home". Archived from the original on 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  18. ^ "Hotline On Call: June 2006 Archives". December 9, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-12-09.
  19. ^ Lavergne, Gary M. (2010-12-31). Before Brown. doi:10.7560/722002. ISBN 9780292784895.

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