John Demers serves as the General Counsel for Government Operations and Enterprise Operations, leading the company’s regulatory and government law practice group. This group provides company-wide legal support for a broad range of federal and state regulatory and policy issues, including sustainability and environment, health and safety, cyber security, global trade controls and enforcement, campaign finance and lobbying law, legal engagement with federal agencies, Congressional and Executive Branch oversight, engagements with federal and state officials, and Boeing’s ethics and compliance program. The group also supports Boeing’s information technology and information security organizations, as well as its real estate operations. John also has policy responsibilities in the areas of sustainability and cyber. In addition to his work at Boeing, he serves in an advisory capacity to several cybersecurity policy organizations.
John returned to Boeing after serving as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from February 2018 through June 2021, under both Presidents Trump and Biden. In that capacity, he led the Department’s efforts to combat national security related cyber-crime, terrorism and espionage, to enforce export control and sanctions laws, to use the authorities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and to conduct national security review of foreign investments and telecommunications licensing applications.
Prior to his latest service at the Justice Department, John worked at the Boeing Company from 2009 to 2018 in a variety of senior positions including within the Boeing Defense, Space, and Security business unit and as General Counsel and acting head of international government affairs for Boeing International.
John first joined Boeing from the Justice Department, where he served on the first leadership team of the National Security Division, in the Office of Legal Counsel and in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. From 2010 to 2017, he taught national security law as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, John worked in private practice 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. He graduated from Harvard Law School and the College of the Holy Cross.