CANCELLED: A Conversation with Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security– Jeh Johnson

We regret to inform you that there has been a change in Secretary Johnson’s travel schedule, and he is required to be in the US for a client matter. As such, he will not  be traveling to Beijing, and USCBC will have to postpone the lunch originally scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, September 7th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your continued support of USCBC. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch, should you have any questions.

Jeh Johnson, the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017), will be in Beijing the week of September 4th. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) and Paul, Weiss are pleased to invite you to a luncheon with Secretary Johnson to discuss with him his views and experiences when it comes to U.S. national security and international affairs.

From 2013-2017, Secretary Johnson ran a large Cabinet-level department with 22 components and was responsible for the overall homeland security of the United States, which included counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, maritime security, border security, enforcement and administration of U.S. immigration laws, response to natural disasters, and the security of the national leadership of the U.S. government. While in office, Secretary Johnson also had numerous diplomatic engagements with the senior-most officials of the Chinese and other governments.

Prior to leading the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Johnson was the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense. In January, he rejoined Paul, Weiss where he began as a lawyer in 1984.

Please join us for this exclusive event on Thursday, September 7th.

11:30am - 12:00pm: Registration
12:00 - 2:00pm: Luncheon

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis for members and invited guests of USCBC only. The event will be off-the-record, and media will not be present.


A partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department, Jeh Johnson is the former Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Johnson advises clients, including management teams and boards of directors, on crisis management, government and internal investigations, high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters, and legal aspects of cybersecurity and other security matters. His legal career has encompassed both private law practice and public service, including three Senate-confirmed presidential appointments. He is resident in both the New York and Washington, D.C. offices.


Secretary Johnson led the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from December 2013 to January 2017, where he was responsible for counterterrorism; cybersecurity; border, port, aviation and maritime security; enforcement and administration of immigration laws; response to national disasters; detection and prevention of nuclear, chemical and biological threats; and the protection of critical infrastructure and the nation’s leadership. Secretary Johnson is credited with building a more effective, cohesive Department of Homeland Security and with raising morale. He served as the public face of the U.S. government’s homeland security mission, engaging with the press on numerous occasions and testifying before Congress 26 times. Secretary Johnson managed 230,000 employees in 22 different components and agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Secret Service.

Between 2009-2012, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was a primary legal architect for the military’s counterterrorism missions in the Obama Administration, and was responsible for the prior legal approval for every military operation authorized by the President and the Secretary of Defense. He co-authored the 2010 report that paved the way for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law by Congress. In his book Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Johnson “the finest lawyer I ever worked with in government – a straightforward, plain-speaking man of great integrity, with common sense to burn and a good sense of humor.”

Between 1998-2001, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989-1991, trying 12 cases before a jury and arguing 11 appeals in three years.

Over his many years at Paul, Weiss, Secretary Johnson has handled a variety of civil and white collar matters for some of the firm’s most important clients. He is an experienced trial lawyer, and in 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2005, he successfully defended Citigroup against a $900 million arbitration claim — at the time the largest ever filed before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). That same year he successfully defended Citigroup against an $86 million claim before the NASD.

Secretary Johnson has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including three Department of Defense medals for distinguished public service and nine honorary degrees. Secretary Johnson has twice been a guest lecturer at the distinguished Oxford Union in England, and in 2015 delivered the annual Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster College in Missouri. His November 2012 address at the Oxford Union, “How Will the War Against al Qaeda End?,” received international attention and acclaim. Secretary Johnson received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College.


Secretary Johnson is a member of the board of directors of PG&E Corporation. He has served as a trustee, director and governor of Adelphi University, the New York Hall of Science, the Legal Aid Society, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Community Trust, the City Bar Fund, the Roosevelt Institute, the National Institute of Military Justice, the Federal Bar Council, the Fund for Modern Courts, Vera Institute of Justice and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. From 2001-2004, he chaired the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, which rates and approves all federal, state and local judges in New York City. He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of New York City Bar. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Event Details

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Cancelled Event
11 100020

Event Contact

Sun Yi, Manager, Business Advisory Services & Administration
+86 10-6592-0727