John Vecchione '86 was recently named the new president and CEO of the Cause of Action (CoA) Institute, a non-profit government watchdog group and public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Vecchione first joined the CoA Institute as vice president in March of 2016 after more than two decades of experience in litigation as both a trial lawyer and appellate advocate in private practice. He is a member of the bars of the state of New York, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His cases have been reported in multiple published opinions, and he himself has published op-eds advancing the freedom agenda and constitutional order in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, among other publications.
In response to this promotion, Vecchione commented, "As President of Cause of Action Institute, I will continue to advocate for a more transparent and accountable government free from waste, fraud, abuse and cronyism. It is an honor to lead a dedicated, talented team of attorneys here at CoA Institute who are committed to advancing the ideals of a free and open society." He continued, "In our organization’s short five-year history, we have represented numerous individuals whose livelihoods have been threatened by federal government overreach and pressed to know how the government is making decisions. CoA Institute was founded to promote individual and economic liberty by limiting the power of the administrative state to make decisions that are contrary to freedom and prosperity. These goals have never been more important.”
At Hamilton, Vecchione majored in government and was president of the debate team, news editor of the Spectator and a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity before earning his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.