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Councilor James W. Ziglar

Present Position
Senior Counsel, Van Ness Feldman, Washington, DC
Senior Fellow and Director, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
Principal, The Ziglar Group
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Councilor Board of Councilors, Radiation Effects Research Foundation (Hiroshima, Japan)
Director, Water Sciences and Technology Board, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Presidents’ Circle, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Director, Integrated Biometrics Inc. (a Reserve Group company)
Advisory Board, National Foundation for American Policy
Advisory Board, EESTech Inc.
Director, Immigration Works USA
Director, Human Rights First
Trustee, Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation
Annual Lecturer, Harvard University Medical School Minority Health Policy Program
Honorary Director, National Water Resources Association
Education
1968 The George Washington University, B.A.
1972 The George Washington University National Law Center, J.D.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES Mr. Ziglar is licensed to practice law in New York, Washington, DC, Virginia and Arizona
Professional appointments
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Mr. Ziglar has served in the federal government in a variety of positions on several occasions. He has a total of 15 years of federal service. As noted below, he served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun during the 1972 Term. Early in his government career, he served as a staff aide to U.S. Senator James O. Eastland, Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and as a congressional and public affairs officer at the Department of Justice. In 1987, Mr. Ziglar was nominated by President Reagan and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, in which position he had oversight responsibility for management and policy operations of the Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Geological Survey and the Bureau of Mines. In 1998, he was unanimously elected Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate where he served as chief administrative officer, chief protocol officer and chief security officer for the U.S. Senate. In 2001, he was appointed by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Ziglar retired from federal service in November 2002.
LAW
Mr. Ziglar was engaged in the active practice of law for eight years. He commenced his practice as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1972 Term). He then was an associate at the New York firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander and Ferdon where he specialized in public securities law. In 1977, he joined the Phoenix, Arizona firm of O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth and Beshears as a partner where he established and managed a successful public securities law practice. Mr. Ziglar was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School during the 2003-2004 academic year. Mr. Ziglar joined the Washington, DC law firm of Van Ness Feldman in February 2009 as Senior Counsel.
INVESTMENT BANKING
Mr. Ziglar has a total of 17 years experience in investment banking, twelve years as a Managing Director at PaineWebber Incorporated (now UBS Financial Services Inc.), four years as a Vice President and Senior Vice President at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., and one year as a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. The primary emphasis of Mr. Ziglar’s investment banking career was in public project financing, particularly in the areas of water, energy and health care. He also was involved in certain domestic and international corporate transactions. Mr. Ziglar had increasingly responsible managerial duties in each of the firms with which he was associated, serving as a member of the PaineWebber Operating Committee, Chairman of the Municipal Securities Group Operating Committee and Manager of the National Infrastructure Finance Group at the time of his departure in 1998 to become Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate. He returned to UBS in 2004-2005 as Managing Director and Chief Business Strategist of the Municipal Securities Group.
CORPORATE
Mr. Ziglar served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. from July 2005 until his retirement in August 2008. Cross Match is a leading biometrics technology firm.
CHRONOLOGICAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
2009 – Present Senior Counsel, Van Ness Feldman, Washington, DC
2008 – Present Senior Fellow and Advisor to the Board, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
2005 – 2008 President and Chief Executive Officer, Cross Match Technologies, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, FL (retired August 2008)
2004 – 2005 Managing Director and Chief Business Strategist, Municipal Securities Group, UBS Financial Services Inc., New York, NY (retired in July 2005 to accept Cross Match Technologies position)
2003 – 2004 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
2003 Spring Semester Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2001 – 2002 Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC (retired from federal service in November 2002)
1998 – 2001 Sergeant at Arms, United States Senate, Washington, DC
1990 – 1998 and 1984 – 1987 Managing Director, PaineWebber Incorporated, New York, NY and Washington, DC (acquired by UBS in 2000)
1989 – 1990 Managing Director, Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated,New York, NY
1987 – 1989 Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
1980 – 1984 Senior Vice President, Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., New York, NY
1977 – 1980 Partner, O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth & Beshears, Phoenix, AZ
1973 – 1977 Associate, Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, New York, NY
1972 – 1973 Law Clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun, United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC
1971 – 1972 Special Assistant for Legislative and Public Affairs, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC
1964 – 1971 Staff, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Washington, DC
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Director, Cross Match Technologies, Inc. – 2005-2009
Director, Center for Civic Education – 2006-2009
Director, Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue Executive Board – 2007-2008
Director, International Biometrics Industry Association – 2006-2008
Member, Division of Earth and Life Studies Committee of the National Research Council, The National Academy of Sciences – 2001-2007
Trustee, MeritCare Health System – 2003-2007
Member, Independent Task Force on Immigration Reform — 2005-2006
Director, National Immigration Forum – 2004-2005
Director, Migration Policy Institute – 2003-2005
Director and Treasurer, Human Rights First – 2003-2005
Director, Dui Hua Foundation – 2003-2005
At Large Delegate, Congressional Conference on Civic Education – 2004
National Water Resources Association Board of Directors – mid-1980's and again during most of the1990's. Returned to Board in 2003.
Advisory Board, The George Washington University Law School – 2000-2003
Director, Interhealth Incorporated – 1997-1998 (for-profit home health care company – sold in 1998)
Director, Mercy International Health Services – early to mid-1990's
Director, Zig Ziglar Network – 2000-2001 (for-profit company sold in 2001)
Chairman, The First Baptist Church of Washington, DC Foundation – 1999-2000
Administrative Law Section of the ABA – Congressional Representative on Board of Directors – 1999-2001
Trustee, The Landon School – late 1980's
Chairman, U.S. Senate Delegation to the National Summit on Retirement Savings – 1998
Director, International Small Satellite Organization– mid-1990's
Director, American Water Foundation – early 1990's
Member, Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations – Senior Advisory Group on Water Governance – early 1990's
Director, American Energy Assurance Council – early 1990's
Advisory Board, Eastern European Environmental Coalition – early 1990's
Alternate Head of Delegation to the 11th Meeting of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Joint Committee on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection – Moscow, 1988
Joint Chair, National Acid Precipitation Program, Council on Environmental Quality – 1987-1988
Co-Chair, Advisory Committee on Minerals and Mining Research, Department of the Interior – 1987-1988
Member of the Steering Committee, Department of Energy Office of Breeder Technology Energy Demand Study – 1983-1984
Awards
Named National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science – 2008
The George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – 2002
Department of Justice Distinguished Career Service Award – 2002
Water Statesmen of the Year Award (joint recipient with Senator Malcolm Wallop), National Water Resources Association – 1988.
National Water Resources Lifetime Achievement Award – 1999
National Water Resources Honorary Life Member Award – 1999
Secretary of the Interior’s Achievement Award – 1988
The George Washington University Law School Distinguished Advocate Award
The George Washington University Law School Law Review
Associations
Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS
The Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, DC SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS
116 Club SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS