Dan Dell’Orto was promoted to executive vice president in Sept. 2011, and assumed the additional responsibility for the company’s government relations department. He came to AM General in 2009 as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.
Prior to joining AM General, Dell’Orto served as principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense from June 2000 to March 2009. He also served as the DoD’s acting general counsel in 2001 and again from March 2008 to February 2009. In these roles, he provided oversight, guidance and direction regarding legal advice on all matters arising within the DoD, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Previously, he was principal deputy general counsel for the Department of the Air Force.
After his commissioning in the U.S. Army and initial assignments as a field artillery officer, Dell’Orto attended law school through the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Thereafter, at assignments in the United States, Germany, and Korea, he served in a series of positions as a judge advocate general, including prosecutor, defense counsel, appellate attorney, trial judge, appellate judge, and chief of the worldwide Army Trial Defense Service, culminating with his assignment as the military assistant to the Department of Defense General Counsel. Dell’Orto retired from the Army as a Col. in February 1999.
Dell’Orto’s holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. His military education includes the Army Field Artillery and Judge Advocate Basic Courses, Airborne School, the Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College.
While on active duty, Dell’Orto was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Legion of Merit (two awards); the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards); the Joint Service Commendation Medal;the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. In 1985, the American Bar Association honored him as the Outstanding Young Military Lawyer of the Army. In his civilian service, he received two awards of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Dell’Orto is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals.