Paul C. Ney Jr. of Tennessee, to be the General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Mr. Ney has most recently served as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, where he coordinated and supervised the substantive legal work of all divisions of the office. Mr. Ney has been a partner in Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously served as Acting General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, and as Deputy General Counsel for Legal Counsel in the Department of Defense.  He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal and Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.  Mr. Ney received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cornell University. He served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Adrian Duplantier in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.