Will A. Gunn is the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a position in which he served for five years. Subsequently, he was an attorney with a solo law practice, assisting military members facing adverse actions.
In 1980, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with military honors and in 1986 he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He also holds an LL.M in environmental law from George Washington University, a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, and a Masters in Ministry (with a focus on Leadership) from Lancaster Bible College. Will served as an active-duty Air Force officer and in 2002, he was promoted to the rank of colonel. In 2003, he was selected as the first-ever Chief Defense Counsel for the DoD Office of Military Commissions. In that role, he established an office that defends detainees brought before military commissions at the Guantanamo Prison Camp. He is a former White House Fellow and after retiring from the Air Force in 2005, he served as President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC. He has chaired the American Bar Association (ABA) 2021 National Law Day commemoration, the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk. He has served on several boards, is a deacon in his local church, and has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Outstanding Alumni Award.