Governor Abbott Names Jeffrey Oldham General Counsel
Governor Greg Abbott today named Jeff Oldham as General Counsel to the Governor following the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Andrew Oldham to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeff Oldham (no relation) previously worked as a private practice attorney at Bracewell LLP in Houston, TX. In that role, Jeff presented oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, federal appellate courts nationwide, and state courts of appeals throughout Texas.
"As one of the most highly regarded appellate lawyers in the country, there are few with the experience and expertise that Jeff will bring to General Counsel's office," said Governor Abbott. "His extensive legal background, combined with his profound understanding of the Constitution, make him the ideal person to fill this role. I look forward to working closely with Jeff, and I thank him for his commitment to public service for the people of Texas."
Jeffrey Oldham is a board-certified appellate specialist who has handled significant matters in a wide variety of subject matter areas, with a particular emphasis on energy, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property.
Before entering private practice, Jeff served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also served as Counsel to the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jeff received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. He has served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section, the Board for the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the Houston Bar Foundation.