Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office
On July 19, 2010, Michael E. Reheuser was appointed the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (DPCLO). His duties include advising the leadership of the Office of the Secretary of Defense on all significant privacy and civil liberties matters involving the department. He also serves as the department’s deputy civil liberties officer.
Before joining DPCLO, Reheuser was an associate deputy general counsel in the DoD Office of General Counsel, handling complex civil litigation matters, particularly involving the Freedom of Information Act. In addition to his litigation cases, Reheuser served as legal advisor to the Defense Privacy Office and served on the Defense Privacy Board and Defense Data Management Integrity Board.
Prior to working for DoD, Reheuser was a partner in the law firm of Jordan Coyne and Savits, LLP, based in Washington, DC, and Fairfax, VA. He received the Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating, the highest peer rating the organization awards. For more than 15 years, he represented companies in a variety of civil litigation matters in hundreds of cases.
Reheuser spent more than 25 years serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, including a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was selected for two command tours and retired in 2009 as a colonel.
Reheuser received his undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Lehigh University and his law degree from the Catholic University of America. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.