Frank R. Jimenez became the 21st General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Navy on September 25, 2006, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the United States Senate. As the General Counsel of the Navy, Mr. Jimenez is the Department’s chief legal officer. He manages nearly 650 attorneys worldwide, helps to oversee the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and advises senior Navy and Marine Corps officials on litigation, acquisition, contractual, fiscal, environmental, property, personnel, legislative, ethics, and intelligence law issues.
Previously, Mr. Jimenez served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as the Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), working with the White House Counsel's Office, Department of Justice and other agencies as the Defense Department’s senior attorney in charge of litigation. Mr. Jimenez advised senior DoD officials on a wide variety of legal questions and supervised the Office of Legislative Counsel and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals. Prior to his service in OSD, Mr. Jimenez was the Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, the alter ego to the General Counsel of the Navy.
Before his 2004 arrival at the Pentagon, Mr. Jimenez served as the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As Chief of Staff, he assisted Secretary Mel Martinez in managing more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget surpassing $30 billion. He helped supervise HUD’s many homeownership and affordable housing programs for low-income Americans, as well as programs for the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities, and people living with AIDS. Mr. Jimenez also assisted in supervising the Department's interactions with the White House, sister agencies, public officials, industry groups and the general public.
Mr. Jimenez arrived in Washington in 2002 from Florida, where he served for nearly four years in the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush, beginning with his gubernatorial transition in 1998. For two of those years, Mr. Jimenez served as Deputy Chief of Staff, with oversight duties at various times for the Departments of Transportation, Business and Professional Regulation, Environmental Protection, Community Affairs, Elder Affairs, and Health, as well as the Agency for Workforce Innovation and the Division of Emergency Management. Mr. Jimenez also served as Acting General Counsel and as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor.
Prior to entering public service, Mr. Jimenez practiced at the Miami law firm of Steel Hector and Davis LLP, specializing in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense, including federal class action, antitrust and product liability litigation, and representation of clients under federal grand jury and agency investigation. He joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 1998. Previously, Mr. Jimenez served a one-year clerkship in the chambers of Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Jimenez is admitted to the Bars of Florida and the District of Columbia. He graduated with honors in 1987 from the University of Miami, where he majored in biology. He received his law degree in 1991 from the Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and won the Harlan Fiske Stone and Benjamin N. Cardozo Prizes for best oral argument and best brief, respectively, in the school's moot court competition. He also received an MBA degree in 2005 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is completing his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies through the U.S. Naval War College. Mr. Jimenez, who is conversant in Spanish, resides in Alexandria, Virginia.