Brett C. Gerry was named general counsel in May 2019. As head of the Boeing Law Department, Gerry manages a global team of attorneys and paralegals, and serves as the company’s principal legal advisor. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council, reporting to the president and CEO.
Prior to his current role, Gerry served for three years as president of Boeing Japan, based in Tokyo. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Boeing strategy in Japan, expanding the company’s local presence, identifying new business and partnership opportunities, and leading government affairs and corporate citizenship programs.
Since joining the company in 2008, Gerry served in senior positions in the Law Department, including as vice president and general counsel for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and prior to that as chief counsel to Boeing’s network and space systems businesses.
Gerry came to Boeing following several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House. His service at the Department of Justice included roles as chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, acting assistant attorney general supervising the department’s Office of Legal Policy, and a member of the leadership team that launched the department’s National Security Division, where he served as deputy assistant attorney general.
Before that, Gerry was an associate counsel to the president of the United States, in which capacity he worked on national security and intelligence matters. He also worked in private practice at Boston-based Goodwin Procter LLP, and was a law clerk both at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gerry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Colgate University, an M.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and the University of Washington School of Law; member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Education in Seattle; and chair of the industry advisory board for the University of Washington Law School’s Global Business Law initiative.
In connection with his responsibilities in Japan, Gerry has served on the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and as co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Business Council Committee on Travel and Tourism.