Stephen Rademaker is Senior of Counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling. Before joining the firm he held a variety of positions in all three branches of government, including as an Assistant Secretary of State responsible for arms control and nonproliferation, as Chief Counsel to House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as an Associate Counsel to the President, and as National Security Adviser to the Senate Majority Leader.
While at the State Department, Mr. Rademaker directed the Proliferation Security Initiative, as well as nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea, and led strategic dialogues with Russia, China, India and Pakistan. He also headed the U.S. delegation to the 2005 Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. As a House staffer, he had lead responsibility for drafting the legislation that created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
At Covington & Burling, Mr. Rademaker’s practice centers on advising clients about compliance with various U.S. sanctions measures and other international trade controls, including those directed at Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.
He also maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, a journalist who faces criminal charges in the Philippines, Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student who was held hostage in Iran, and Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian opposition politician who was twice poisoned and nearly killed by agents of the Russian government.
Mr. Rademaker has a B.A., a J.D., and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and is the father of four children.