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Michael Chertoff

Former Secretary of Homeland Security

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Michael Chertoff Biography

Leader and statesman, Michael Chertoff came to the job of 2nd Secretary of Homeland Security with a background heavy with experience in fighting terrorism, having served as the head of the Justice Department's criminal division in the months after Sept.11th. Overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, a federal behemoth operating 22 agencies and 180,000 employees and facing the daunting task of managing the risk of numerous threats to America’s security, Secretary Chertoff’s goal was to provide risk-based protection against the most significant threats, reduce major vulnerabilities, and mitigate potential consequences, with minimal disruption and inconvenience. He implemented programs and capabilities that did not exist prior to September 11, to better equip the U.S. to deal with the threats of the 21st century across land, sea, and air.In March 2009, Secretary Chertoff formed an advisory firm, The Chertoff Group, which counsels corporate and government clients on security and risk management issues, including threats related to terrorism,fraud, cyber security, border protection and supply chain security. The firm helps clients at each stage of the security process with a focus on prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. He is also senior of counsel in the white collar defense and investigations group at Covington & Burling LLP.Prior to serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary Chertoff was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush dministration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, he helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the alQaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials. In 2003, after Mr. Chertoff had proved instrumental in winning approval of the Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism measures, President Bush appointed him as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Bush turned to Mr. Chertoff in early 2005 to head the Department of Homeland Security. Calling him \"a key leader in the war on terror,\" President Bush said that after the Sept. 11th attacks, Mr. Chertoff \"understood immediately that the strategy in the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur.\"Secretary Chertoff was confirmed unanimously, and set out with his usual energy to remake the giant young department.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a Partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. His introduction to Washington came when he served as Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee from 1994 to 1996. Prior to that, Chertoff spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including his appointment as United States Attorney in New Jersey by President George H.W. Bush.

As Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael Chertoff began his prosecutorial career working in Manhattan under Rudolph W. Giuliani. In addition to investigating and prosecuting several significant cases of political corruption and corporate fraud, he was instrumental in its crackdown on organized crime. He was chosen to work on a unique organized crime investigation, where the goal was to build a case against the commission made up of the five Mafia families that ran organized crime in New York. Mr. Chertoff became the lead prosecutor in a case that would not only make headlines, but history. He and his trial team convicted the leaders of the Genovese, Colombo and Lucchese crime families, as well as a captain of the Bonannos, and he earned a reputation as a gifted trial lawyer. Mr. Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978. From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

Secretary Chertoff is married to Meryl Justin and has two children.

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Michael Chertoff Biography

Leader and statesman, Michael Chertoff came to the job of 2nd Secretary of Homeland Security with a background heavy with experience in fighting terrorism, having served as the head of the Justice Department's criminal division in the months after Sept.11th. Overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, a federal behemoth operating 22 agencies and 180,000 employees and facing the daunting task of managing the risk of numerous threats to America’s security, Secretary Chertoff’s goal was to provide risk-based protection against the most significant threats, reduce major vulnerabilities, and mitigate potential consequences, with minimal disruption and inconvenience. He implemented programs and capabilities that did not exist prior to September 11, to better equip the U.S. to deal with the threats of the 21st century across land, sea, and air.In March 2009, Secretary Chertoff formed an advisory firm, The Chertoff Group, which counsels corporate and government clients on security and risk management issues, including threats related to terrorism,fraud, cyber security, border protection and supply chain security. The firm helps clients at each stage of the security process with a focus on prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. He is also senior of counsel in the white collar defense and investigations group at Covington & Burling LLP.Prior to serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary Chertoff was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush dministration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, he helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the alQaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials. In 2003, after Mr. Chertoff had proved instrumental in winning approval of the Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism measures, President Bush appointed him as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Bush turned to Mr. Chertoff in early 2005 to head the Department of Homeland Security. Calling him \"a key leader in the war on terror,\" President Bush said that after the Sept. 11th attacks, Mr. Chertoff \"understood immediately that the strategy in the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur.\"Secretary Chertoff was confirmed unanimously, and set out with his usual energy to remake the giant young department.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a Partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. His introduction to Washington came when he served as Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee from 1994 to 1996. Prior to that, Chertoff spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including his appointment as United States Attorney in New Jersey by President George H.W. Bush.

As Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael Chertoff began his prosecutorial career working in Manhattan under Rudolph W. Giuliani. In addition to investigating and prosecuting several significant cases of political corruption and corporate fraud, he was instrumental in its crackdown on organized crime. He was chosen to work on a unique organized crime investigation, where the goal was to build a case against the commission made up of the five Mafia families that ran organized crime in New York. Mr. Chertoff became the lead prosecutor in a case that would not only make headlines, but history. He and his trial team convicted the leaders of the Genovese, Colombo and Lucchese crime families, as well as a captain of the Bonannos, and he earned a reputation as a gifted trial lawyer. Mr. Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978. From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

Secretary Chertoff is married to Meryl Justin and has two children.

Michael Chertoff Videos

  • Cyber Security in the Digital Age
    The Internet has drastically transformed our lives—it permeates every corner of our society and is only growing more influential. The pervasive...
  • Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government and

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  • How do I book Michael Chertoff to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Michael Chertoff for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Michael Chertoff, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Michael Chertoff or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Michael Chertoff

    Speaking fees for Michael Chertoff, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Michael Chertoff are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Michael Chertoff, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Michael Chertoff speak about?

  • Where does Michael Chertoff travel from?

    Michael Chertoff generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Michael Chertoff’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Michael Chertoff for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Chertoff for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Michael Chertoff or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

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  • Cyber Security in the Digital Age
    The Internet has drastically transformed our lives—it permeates every corner of our society and is only growing more influential. The pervasive exposure of our personal information has made us more...
    Cooperation and Conflict in the Relationship between Government and

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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