Victoria Toensing

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Victoria Toensing, a founding partner with her husband, Joseph E. diGenova, in the law firm of diGenova & Toensing.

Toensing served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Ronald Reagan (R) administration, Chief Counsel for Senator Barry Goldwater (R), and an Assistant U.S. Attorney during the Gerald R. Ford (R) and Jimmy Carter (D) administrations.

Observations on Toensing

Republican partisan

"Toensing is, of course, not only a pricey DC defense lawyer. She's also a professional Republican, one tightly connected with the DC GOP power structure, and someone you could find at pretty much any point in the late nineties as an anti-Clinton 'legal expert' on every chat show under the sun," Joshua Micah Marshall wrote January 1, 2004, at Talking Points Memo.

"Joe DiGenova (as well as his wife and law partner Victoria Toensing) is a part of the DC Republican establishment who is routinely put forward when legal opinions are needed which exculpate Republicans or inculpate Democrats.

"There's no other way to put it. Look at their public statements in the various Clinton 'scandals', the Fitzgerald investigation and now this case. In their voluminous public pronouncements they are both, in the clearest sense of the word, advocates. And their 'client' is the Republican party establishment in Washington, DC. That's fine, as far as it goes. But they should be identified as such, albeit perhaps in gentler terms, when they provide quotes in papers like the [Washington] Times," Marshall wrote November 25, 2005, at Talking Points Memo.

trial of Scooter Libby

"Just days before the perjury/obstruction trial of former White House aide I. Lewis Scooter Libby goes to the jury, the Washington Post's 'Outlook' section published a bizarre front-page article by right-wing legal expert Victoria Toensing suggesting that the prosecutor and one of the chief victims in the case should be put on trial," Robert Parry wrote February 19, 2007, at Consortiumnews.


Employment History

  • Private Practice, 1988-Present
  • Special Counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Teamsters Investigation, 1997-1998
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1984-1988
  • Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Washington, D.C., 1981-1984
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1976 - 1981
  • Law Clerk, Michigan Court of Appeals, 1975-1976
  • Admitted to bar, 1975, Michigan; 1980, District of Columbia.
  • Prior to law school, teacher of high school English.


  • University of Detroit (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
  • Indiana University (B.S.Ed., 1962)

Contact Information

diGenova & Toensing
Suite 430
901 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005-2327

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Litigation Record

Testimony by / Interviews with Toensing

Articles by Toensing

Articles about Toensing