Michele Pearce was acting general counsel for the Army, leaving in January 2021. According to her official Army profile, in that role, she advised senior department officials, including the Army Secretary, on acquisition and contracting practices, implementation of AI and hypersonics systems, and reforming ethics, diversity, and inclusion programs.
Prior to this role, Pearce was deputy general counsel for legislation at the Department of Defense, providing legal advice to senior defense officials on congressional and executive matters while acting as the “primary point of contact on such matters with the White House Office of Management and Budget and the White House Counsel's Office.” She also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and the subcommittees on Military Personnel, Readiness, and Oversight and Investigations.
In May 2021, she became Of Counsel at Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling’s public policy practice, advising and advocating for clients in aerospace and defense. In a press release announcing her hiring, Pearce described Covington as a “go-to firm among clients in the aerospace, defense, and national security sectors.” In the same release, Covington’s Public Policy co-chair Muftiah McCartin stated: “Michele’s experience provides a significant resource for our clients in a diverse range of industries that play a role in U.S. national security.” As of 2021, Covington’s clients include major defense contractors like BAE Systems, Bombardier, and Northrop Grumman.
Michele’s experience provides a significant resource for our clients in a diverse range of industries that play a role in U.S. national security.
Acting General Counsel of the Department of the Army,