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Roger Zakheim
Roger Zakheim
Of Counsel
Washington +1 202 662 5959 rzakheim@cov.com Download V-card

Roger Zakheim practices in the firm’s public policy and government affairs, CFIUS and Government Contracts practice groups. Before joining the firm, Mr. Zakheim was General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. In this role, Mr. Zakheim managed the passage of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, legislation authorizing the Defense Department’s $600 billion budget.

Mr. Zakheim has extensive legislative and oversight experience on Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) matters, including the passage of the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, as well as matters related to the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under applicable national industrial security regulations.

  • Counsel to multiple aerospace and defense companies facing policy and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense and national security sector.
  • Advised a major U.S. defense company in advocacy efforts before Congress in support of a major weapon acquisition system valued at $50 billion.
  • Advised GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, in securing CFIUS and FOCI approval its acquisition of the IBM Microelectronics Division, valued at more than $1 billion.
  • Provided strategic advice and advocacy support before the Congress to a prime U.S. subsidiary of a non-U.S. defense contractor on matters involving ground combat vehicles.
  • Advised a non-U.S. defense company on its legislative and executive branch strategy in its bid competition for a major U.S. Air Force weapons acquisition program.

Memberships and Affiliations

Previous Experience

  • U.S. House Armed Services Committee, General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director (2011-2013)
  • Romney for President, Co-Chair Defense Working Group; Lead, Defense Transition Team (2012)
  • U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Republican General Counsel (2009-2010)
  • Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (2008-2009)
  • U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Counsel (2005-2008)
  • Defense News, "100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense" (2013)
  • The Jewish Week, "36 Under 36" (2013)
  • National Law Journal, Hill Hot List (2012)
  • Foreign Policy Magazine, "Top 50 Republicans in GOP Foreign Policy" (2012)
  • Roll Call, Defense: Five Hill Aides to Know (2012)
  • National Journal, The Hill People (2011)