John Sassaman is the director of Ethics and Business Conduct for Government Operations and Boeing International and serves on the Ethics and Business Conduct, Government Operations, and Boeing International leadership teams. In this role, John leads a team of professionals by providing advice and guidance to employees, and he promotes openness, inclusiveness, and accountability throughout the company.
Sassaman joined Boeing in November of 2014 after serving for over 13 years on Capitol Hill. He was the chief counsel and staff director for the United State Senate’s Select Committee on Ethics, which is authorized to administer the Senate’s self-discipline authority under Article 1, section 5 of the United States Constitution. In that role, he implemented and managed the committee’s investigation practices, policies and procedures as well as its training tools on a nonpartisan basis, under the direction of then Chairman Barbara Boxer and vice chairman Johnny Isakson. Before joining the Senate Ethics Committee, Sassaman served as senior counsel for the United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, functioning as the committee’s leader on ethics advice and training.
As a career government lawyer, Sassaman served as special counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, handling complex legal issues and intra-governmental relations. In addition, he was a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction over patents, government contracts, international trade, and certain monetary claims against the government. Prior to this, John spent several years as a clerk for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Sassaman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Haverford College and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology. He is licensed to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Sassaman is a regular lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate Political Activities seminars. Sassaman enjoys outdoor activities, time with his family and dogs, reading, and major league baseball