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Bernard Nussbaum

Retired Senior Partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz; Former Counsel to the President of the United States


Bernard W. Nussbaum is of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz which he joined in 1966, one year after the firm was formed. He focuses on corporate and securities litigation. Mr. Nussbaum has been active in both the public and private sectors throughout his legal career. In 1993 and 1994, during the Clinton Administration, he was counsel to the president of the United States. In 1974, he was a senior member of the staff of the House Judiciary Committee, which conducted the 1974 Watergate Impeachment Inquiry. His first position in the public sector was as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, an office he joined after completing law school. Mr. Nussbaum graduated from Columbia College in 1958, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1961 he graduated from Harvard Law School. In 1993 he was awarded an honorary LL.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center. While at Harvard Law School, he served as notes editor of The Harvard Law Review, and, upon graduation, was awarded a Harvard University Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. Mr. Nussbaum has also served on a number of philanthropic boards and has been a lecturer at Columbia University Law School. Mr. Nussbaum is a member of the Board of Directors of Humanity in Action, Inc.


Updated May 2019