OGC Staff

Douglas N. Letter

General Counsel

Mr. Letter joined the Office as General Counsel in January 2019. In February 2018, after a 40-year career, Mr. Letter retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Director of the Civil Division Appellate Staff. During his time at the Department of Justice, he also served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton, as Deputy Associate Attorney General, and as Senior Counselor to the Attorney General. Immediately prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Mr. Letter was a Senior Litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Letter has presented over 200 oral arguments, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal appellate and district courts. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley Law School in 1978 and his bachelor of arts degree in American history from Columbia University in 1975.

Todd B. Tatelman

Deputy General Counsel

Mr. Tatelman has served in the Office of General Counsel since November 2011. Mr. Tatelman previously served as a Legislative Attorney for the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service (2003-2011). Mr. Tatelman received bachelor of arts degrees in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics from Boston University (2000) and his law degree, with honors, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2003), where he was a member of The Catholic University Law Review.

Megan Barbero

Associate General Counsel

Ms. Barbero joined the Office of General Counsel in March 2019. Ms. Barbero was previously a career attorney with the Civil Division Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she represented federal agencies as lead counsel and presented oral argument in most of the courts of appeals in a diverse range of civil litigation. Before joining the Department of Justice in 2014, Ms. Barbero was a counsel at WilmerHale, where she focused her practice on appellate litigation. Ms. Barbero served as a law clerk to Judge Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated order of the coif from Stanford Law School (2005) and magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts degree in Government (2001).

Josephine Morse

Associate General Counsel

Ms. Morse joined the Office of General Counsel in May 2019. Ms. Morse was previously Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward Foundation, where she litigated statutory and constitutional challenges to unlawful government activity. Before that, she served as Senior Special Counsel and Counselor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was a counsel at WilmerHale. Ms. Morse was a law clerk to the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law (2006) and magna cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor of arts degree (1997).

Brooks M. Hanner

Assistant General Counsel

Mr. Hanner has served in the Office of General Counsel since July 2018. Mr. Hanner was previously a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients in civil and criminal litigation, government investigations, and internal investigations since 2010. Before that, Mr. Hanner served as a law clerk to Judge Louise Flanagan of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Hanner received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2009, where he was a member of the Law Review and Order of Barristers and won the Moot Court Board Award and Best Brief in the law school’s moot court competition. He received his bachelor of science from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2006, majoring in Business Economics & Public Policy and International Business. Mr. Hanner has experience in a wide range of government enforcement actions, has argued and briefed cases at the trial and appellate levels, and has conducted numerous internal investigations for companies and universities.

Kristin A. Shapiro

Assistant General Counsel

Ms. Shapiro has served in the Office of General Counsel since December 2016. Previously, she was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP. She was a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009, where she served on the editorial board of the Northwestern University Law Review. She received her bachelor of arts degree from New York University, magna cum laude, in 2004.

Sally Clouse

Attorney

Ms. Clouse has served in the Office of General Counsel since July 2014. Ms. Clouse previously served as a legal fellow at the Council of the District of Columbia Office of General Counsel. She also previously served as a law clerk at the Library of Congress Office of General Counsel, the Congressional Research Service, and the District of Columbia Attorney General. Ms. Clouse received bachelor of arts degrees in both Political Science and Psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010), and her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School (2013), where she was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.

Christine Coogle

Law Clerk

Ms. Coogle joined the Office of the General Counsel in May 2018. She is an evening student at The George Washington University Law School, where she is the senior executive editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 2013.

Lily Hsu

Law Clerk

Ms. Hsu joined the Office of General Counsel as a law clerk in May 2018. Ms. Hsu is an evening student at the George Washington University Law School, where she is a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board. She received her B.A. with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2013 and her M.S. from Purdue University.

Nate King

Law Clerk

Mr. King joined the Office of General Counsel in May 2019. Mr. King is an evening student at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he has maintained academic honors. Mr. King received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of San Diego in 2013.

Melissa James

Administrative Director

Ms. James joined the Office of General Counsel as Administrative Director in January 2017. Ms. James is a familiar face to long-time House employees. She brings over twenty-four years’ Hill experience to OGC with wide-ranging skills in office management, administration, and constituent services. Ms. James began her professional career working on the Hill serving her hometown Congressman. Upon his retirement, she worked for two additional House Members in an office management role, overseeing office logistics and staff. Ms. James graduated from Oklahoma State University with her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis on graduate studies.