Danielle Gray is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. She draws on her high-level government experience and private practice background to counsel financial services institutions, health-care companies, educational institutions and companies from a range of industries. She handles complex legal, policy, and regulatory issues, as well as internal investigations and government enforcement actions. A founding member of the Firm’s Data Security and Privacy Practice, Danielle also advises companies on cyber risk-management, governance, and incident response.
Danielle served in the administration of President Barack Obama for five years in senior legal and policy positions, most recently as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. In that role, she was responsible for policy and communications coordination among all Cabinet-level agencies, and worked closely with Executive Branch agencies on a range of high-stakes matters — from congressional investigations to the promulgation of agency rules and regulations.
Prior to serving as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Danielle held several other high-ranking positions in government. As Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Danielle focused on labor, consumer financial protection, education, and training issues. In that capacity, she participated in key economic policy decisions, including implementation of Dodd-Frank legislation, regulatory policy and reform, and a variety of job-creation and skills initiatives for veterans, small-business owners, and entrepreneurs. As Associate Counsel to the President, she served as one of the principal lawyers advising on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and played a lead role in judicial selection and confirmation proceedings — including the successful confirmation processes for Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. And as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, she helped defend the ACA against constitutional and other challenges and was a member of the Deepwater Horizon litigation team.
She began her career at O’Melveny after graduating from Harvard Law School and clerking for Judge Merrick Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court.
Building on her track record of service, Danielle is a member of O’Melveny’s Community Legal Services Committee, and is leading an effort to develop additional high-impact pro bono legal service opportunities for the Firm.