Distinguished Litigator Roger Witten Joins Campaign Legal Center Board


The Campaign Legal Center is pleased to announce that Roger Witten is joining the organization’s board of directors.  Mr. Witten is Senior Counsel at WilmerHale where he co-chaired the litigation department for a number of years.

In the area of campaign finance, Mr. Witten has been involved in several of the landmark cases dating back to Buckley v. Valeo, the challenge to the post-Watergate reforms. He also led the legal team representing the Congressional sponsors in the litigation over the McCain Feingold law (McConnell v. FEC).

“We have been fortunate enough to work with Roger in many pivotal campaign finance cases over the years, including McConnell v. FEC, and we are honored that he has agreed to join our board to help chart our future course as an institution,” said Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center.  “Roger’s work in campaign finance dates back to his days as a Watergate prosecutor and he brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to our board.”

“I have worked with Campaign Legal Center attorneys for years so I know firsthand the important and effective work they undertake to protect the public's interest on issues dealing with campaign finance, redistricting, and government ethics,” said Mr. Witten. “I am excited to join the board and look forward to working with colleagues at the Campaign Legal Center to further support the Center's work at a time when common sense campaign finance and voting rights laws are threatened across the country.”

Mr. Witten chaired the Twentieth Century Fund Working Group on Campaign Finance Litigation, which published a report entitled Buckley Stops Here: Loosening the Judicial Stranglehold on Campaign Finance Reform (1998). He served as Chairman of the Election Law Committee of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association from 1988 to 1990.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Witten has received numerous honors and awards for his legal work and has been recognized by several publications as one of the top attorneys in complex commercial and anti-corruption litigation. 

Mr. Witten served as Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973 and 1974. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. 

To read Mr. Witten's website biography, click here