John Demers is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Government Operations, and acting head of International Government Affairs, Boeing International.
In his Law Department capacity, John leads the Company’s regulatory and government law practice in Washington, DC. This office provides enterprise-wide support to the company across a complete range of regulatory issues, including ethics, campaign financing and lobbying law, government contracting policy, and Federal Aviation Administration and other agency regulations. The office also provides support for related policy issues, such as the Export-Import Bank, and for regulatory issues in the European Union.
In his international government affairs capacity, John helps to lead and coordinate the Company’s government relations in support of both the commercial and defense businesses in key markets across the globe. He amalgamates country and regional issues pertinent to Boeing’s interests into a comprehensive view of international government affairs, and works closely with Boeing Washington, D. C. Operations to create an integrated view of U.S. and global government issues and developments.
Previously, John led Global Law Affairs, the Law Department’s international practice group, with responsibility for all non-U.S. legal issues, as well as anticorruption and trade controls law. He also served as Chief Counsel for Network & Space Systems, a division of Boeing whose business includes satellites, space exploration, missile defense systems, cybersecurity, and network and tactical systems. 2
Before joining Boeing, John served in several different positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including that of Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Law & Policy in the National Security Division. As such, he led a team of lawyers who were responsible for a variety of national security legal and policy issues, including questions involving cybersecurity, national security letters, guidelines for investigations, and the national security provisions of the U.S. Code. Among other responsibilities, John helped to lead the Department’s successful efforts to modernize American surveillance law and to develop and present the Department’s legal positions before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal courts.
In addition to his work at the Justice Department, John has worked in private practice at Ropes & Gray in Boston and clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
John graduated from Harvard Law School and the College of the Holy Cross and is a member of the bars of the State of New York, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Commonwealth of Virginia (as corporate counsel). He is also an adjunct professor of national security law at the Georgetown University Law Center.