James J. Gildea is vice president and chief counsel of Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2011, Gildea provides legal advice and counsel to senior management and oversees and coordinates the provision of legal advice to the division and its subsidiaries.
Previous to this position and since 2008, he served as the senior site counsel for Newport News operations of Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector. Gildea has practiced law since 1984. He was in private practice representing major defense contractors on government contract matters before joining Newport News Shipbuilding in 1995.
Gildea is a member of the American, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (Corporate Counsel Certificate) Bar Associations. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1978. In 1984, he received his juris doctor’s degree from Georgetown University where he served on the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. He received a master’s degree in law with a focus on government contracting from the Judge Advocate General School in 1988. Gildea served in the military at various bases in the United States and Europe from 1978 – 1992, first as a military intelligence officer and then as a judge advocate.
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard’s vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 20,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.