Today, President Biden announced that Ed Siskel will serve as White House Counsel. Siskel served for nearly four years in the White House Counsel’s Office during the Obama-Biden Administration, ultimately becoming Deputy Counsel. As White House Counsel, he will lead a team serving the President with counsel on legal matters facing the White House and the country – crafting policies and executive actions, defending and advancing the President’s agenda, and pursuing progress for the American people.
Statement from the President: “Ed Siskel’s many years of experience in public service and a career defending the rule of law make him the perfect choice to serve as my next White House Counsel. For nearly four years in the White House when I was Vice President, he helped the Counsel’s Office navigate complex challenges and advance the President’s agenda on behalf of the American people, and first as a federal prosecutor and then as the top counsel for one of America’s biggest and most vibrant cities, his hometown of Chicago, Ed has shown a deep commitment to public service and respect for the law. His experience will let him hit the ground running as a key leader on my team as we continue making progress for the American people every day.”
Siskel will replace Stuart Delery beginning in September.
Ed Siskel, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel
Ed Siskel served for nearly four years in the Obama-Biden White House Counsel’s Office, including as Deputy Counsel. In that role, he oversaw the White House’s legal responses to congressional oversight and to complex challenges such as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. After leaving the White House and a stint in private practice, he served for two years as the top lawyer for his hometown of Chicago as Corporation Counsel under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, where he oversaw hundreds of attorneys and support staff, and most recently was chief legal officer for a Chicago-based investment firm. He joined the Obama-Biden White House after serving at the Justice Department as associate deputy attorney general and, prior to that, senior counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. He previously was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois and a clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. A Chicago native, he graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.