Eleanor D. Acheson
Executive Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Eleanor D. "Eldie" Acheson is Amtrak Executive Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, serving in this position since late January 2007. She sits on the company's Enterprise Leadership Team and heads the Law department, which includes the internal Personal Injury, Property Loss Claims Management and Litigation groups; internal Equal Employment Opportunity and other work-related complaint and disciplinary programs; and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Records Management programs. She also supports and advises the Board of Directors on corporate governance matters as corporate secretary.
Eldie's pre-Amtrak legal career included both public and private sector work. In 1993, Eldie was appointed by President William J. Clinton to serve as Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Policy Development. She managed the work of the department in the appointment process of U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals judges and justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, including representing the department on appointment matters in White House meetings and with the U.S. Senate. She also advised the attorney general and deputy and associate attorneys general, the counsel to the president and other White House advisors and members of Congress on legal policy issues including law enforcement, crime and violence control, civil rights, civil justice reform, violence against women and trafficking, privacy, FOIA, welfare reform and immigration. Eldie served in that position until January 2001.
Prior to her appointment in the Department of Justice, Eldie spent 19 years as a trial attorney at Ropes & Gray in Boston. She represented clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Her practice focused on nuclear plant licensing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, personal injury and product liability cases, partnership and closely held corporation matters, employment law litigation and environmental cases.
Eldie has received many honors and awards during her career, including the Edmund A. Randolph Award, the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Department of Justice (2001), the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women's Bar Association of Washington, DC, (2000) and the Leila J. Robinson Award for leadership and achievement in the legal profession from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (1996).