Jeohn Salone Favors

Education

Jeohn Salone Favors

Jeohn Salone Favors is an Associate in Wachtell Lipton’s Litigation Department.

Mr. Favors received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal, Co-President of the National Security and Law Association, and a member of the executive boards of the American Constitution Society and Black Law Students Association. Mr. Favors also worked on the editorial staff of the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard National Security Journal, and Harvard Law & Policy Review.

As a student attorney with Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, Mr. Favors represented indigent clients in felony criminal matters, argued substantive motions in Massachusetts trial courts, and co-chaired a felony jury trial that resulted in an acquittal. Separately, Mr. Favors served as a member of the trial team that defended and won acquittal of former New England Patriots professional football player Aaron Hernandez in a jury trial for double murder.

Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Favors worked as a national security professional for more than a decade. His prior federal government service includes domestic and overseas assignments as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Service and Counterterrorism Center, and a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House. At the White House, Mr. Favors helped manage the U.S. Government’s Middle East and North Africa policy, including U.S. responses to post-Arab Spring instability and evolving counterterrorism threats emanating from the region, and was a member of the small team of White House personnel tasked by President Obama to orchestrate and oversee the Administration’s contacts and engagement with Iran, which ultimately culminated in the Iran nuclear deal.

Mr. Favors is proficient in Arabic and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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