Assistant General Counsel for Operations
Ron Jackson has served as the U.S. Department of Transportation's Assistant General Counsel for Operations since June 2008. Ron heads an office of 16, including 11 attorneys and 5 other professionals, providing advice on a broad range of issues related to the Department's emergency response activities, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), privacy law, environmental law, aviation economic issues, cyber security, records management, and other matters. Before arriving in the Office of the General Counsel, Ron worked for the Department's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from 2000-2008. From 2000-2006, Ron worked as a lawyer with FTA's General Law Division, handling Federal Court litigation, and issues related to transit security, transit finance, Federal grants, and FOIA. Ron became FTA's Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation in 2005. One year later, Ron became FTA's Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation and Regional Operations, leading FTA's litigation practice and the division housing FTA's Regional Counsels and paralegals. While at FTA, Ron litigated environmental, drug testing, and FOIA cases, reviewed and enforced Federal grants, earned a Secretarial award for work on transit security, and counseled FTA's Lower Manhattan Recovery Office on the oversight of FTA's post-9/11 recovery projects. Ron also has significant experience in private practice. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1986 and New York University School of Law in 1989, Ron practiced in New York City as a litigator, specializing in product liability, intellectual property, and contract cases. Ron resides in Maryland with his wife and daughter.