Areas of Practice
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Oxford University, M.A., Rhodes Scholar
  • Harvard College, B.A., cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York

Wendell L. Willkie, II

Of Counsel
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3919
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Wendell L. Willkie, II, of counsel in Steptoe's New York office, advises domestic and foreign clients on corporate governance, global compliance, international transactions, and issues of sustainability.  Drawing on decades of experience at senior levels of business and government, he is able to counsel boards of directors on compliance and investigations, issues of risk and reputation management, and other topics of vital importance to senior executives.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Willkie has led a distinguished corporate career, holding senior executive leadership positions at a major US corporation for over 20 years. At the company, Mr. Willkie had responsibility for all legal matters, including governance and global compliance issues, as well as global government relations. He was a key contributor to the company’s major expansion overseas.  In 2014, he was recognized by the New York Stock Exchange as one of the country’s outstanding General Counsels.

Mr. Willkie has also held several senior legal and management positions within the US government.  He served as associate counsel to President Reagan, as well as general counsel and chief of staff of the US Department of Education.  Under President George H. W. Bush, he was general counsel and acting deputy secretary of the US Department of Commerce.  In 2005, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.  He has also served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, the Emerging Markets Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the boards of several prominent international nonprofit institutions.

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Enterprise Institute, Visiting Fellow
  • Council on Foreign Relations