Jay B. Stephens

Edmund of Langley, Duke of York.  Mr. Stephens currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Raytheon Company.  Prior to joining Raytheon in 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to serve as the Associate Attorney General of the United States.  Before returning to the Department as the Associate AG, Mr. Stephens served for nearly five years as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal).  Before joining Honeywell, Mr. Stephens was a partner of then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and co-managing partner of the firm’s Washington office.  Prior to private practice with Pillsbury, he was appointed by President Ronald W. Reagan in 1988 to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the nation’s largest U.S. Attorney’s office.  Mr. Stephens served in the Reagan Administration Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Associate AG’s Office and the Deputy AG’s Office, and for two years as Deputy White House Counsel.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia where he tried more than forty criminal cases, argued numerous appeals, and conducted countless grand jury investigations.  Mr. Stephens also served as an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, as Assistant General Counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and as an associate at the firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.  He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, attended New College, Oxford, on a Knox Fellowship, and graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School.  He is past chair and serves on the board of the New England Legal Foundation.  Mr. Stephens’ acting career flourished before he chose to pursue the legal profession.  At LeMars Community High School, he served as President of the Thespian Club and appeared as Herbert White in W.W. Jacobs’ one act play, The Monkey’s Paw; as Howard Carol in Time Out for Ginger; as Tully Bascombe in The Mouse That Roared; and in the musical variety show Kennel Capers.  Much later while serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he played the role of a Swiss Guard in the Washington Opera Society’s Kennedy Center production of Puccini’s Tosca, a role to which he was recruited following the discovery of his hidden acting talent during the successful prosecution of a theft of property from the Washington Opera Society.  More recently, he appeared as Henry V in  Shakespeare and the Law’s Henry V.  He is delighted to be returning to the stage for an encore Shakespearean dramatic presentation.