| Stephen Preston |
|Born||May 30, 1957|
|Alma mater||Yale University, Harvard Law School|
|Member of||Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3|
Lawyer for the Navy, Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense
Stephen Woolman Preston (born May 30, 1957) is an American lawyer who served as General Counsel of the Navy from 1998 to 2000, General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2013, and General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2013 to 2016.
In 1993, he left WilmerHale to become Principal Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense, during which time he spent time as acting General Counsel. In 1995, he joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, where he was responsible for civil appeals.
In 1998, Bill Clinton nominated Preston as General Counsel of the Navy, succeeding Steven S. Honigman. Preston served from September 28, 1998 to November 17, 2000. In 2001, he returned to WilmerHale as a partner.
He was nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel of the Department of Defense in 2013. In that position, he was responsible for the full range of legal matters confronting the Defense Department and the national security establishment.
Preston returned to WilmerHale in 2016.