Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.
Newman T. “Thor” Halvorson, Jr. is a retired partner at Covington & Burling LLP. He joined the firm in 1962 and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law, with emphasis in the areas of corporate reorganization and acquisition; federal tax litigation; state tax law; exempt organizations and trade associations law; criminal law; and general litigation.
Previously, Mr. Halvorson served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1961-1967. In mid-career, he served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia in the civil, grand jury, and felony trial sections from 1983-1985, and as an associate independent counsel under the Ethics in Government Act from 1987-1990.
He is currently serving as a trustee and member of the governance and finance committees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani; director and vice president of the American University of Iraq Foundation; and a trustee and member of the finance, development, and long-range planning committees of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center (Decorah, Iowa). He is a former trustee and chairman of the board of The Potomac School; former chairman of the board of the Historical Society of Washington, DC; former president of the Cleveland Park Historical Society; and former senior warden and member of the vestry of Christ Church, Georgetown.
Mr. Halvorson serves as co-chair of the Meyer Foundation Leadership Council and on the Investment Committee. He was on the Foundation's board from 1973-1989, serving as secretary/treasurer from 1973-1988, chair in 1989, and assistant secretary/treasurer from 1990-2015.