Viet D. Dinh is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is also professorial lecturer in law at Georgetown University, where he focuses on corporations and constitutional law. He has counseled corporations and their leaders on a range of transactional and governance issues.
Viet serves on the boards of directors of 21st Century Fox, Inc. (formerly the News Corporation), where he is chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; Revlon, Inc., where he serves on the Audit Committee; and of LPL Financial Holdings, Inc., where he is chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He previously served on the board of directors of MFW Inc., and of The Orchard Enterprises, Inc., where he chaired the Compensation Committee.
He has represented numerous boards, committees, and independent directors of public companies and advises individuals and organizations through high-stakes conflicts and existential risks. Viet secured an unprecedented post-indictment nonprosecution agreement for a major law firm and recently negotiated the termination of a 25-year-old racketeering consent decree against a labor union. He successfully presented arguments for the United States before the Supreme Court in Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 (2003).
Viet served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003, where he played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism, including the USA Patriot Act. Viet also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.