Nicholas McQuaid
Nicholas McQuaid ()

Nicholas McQuaid, a deputy White House counsel to President Obama, joined Latham & Watkins as a partner on Monday, continuing Latham’s hiring streak in New York.

The new hire comes within a week of Latham adding four litigators in New York from Kirkland & Ellis, while continuing to hire elsewhere. Firmwide, McQuaid is the 19th partner to join Latham this year, the firm said.

McQuaid served in the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s office from 2007 to 2013, when he moved to the White House Counsel’s Office. In his most recent position there, he led a team of seven lawyers responsible for handling investigation and litigation related matters at the White House. He dealt with congressional committees on investigations, including those into the Benghazi attacks, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He also prepared White House staff and cabinet officials for congressional hearings and other testimony.

McQuaid, who left at the end of the Obama administration, will focus on investigations and white collar criminal defense at Latham.

In moving to Latham, McQuaid joins his former boss, partner Kathryn Ruemmler, who was counsel to Obama until 2014. He then served under White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, now a Kirkland & Ellis partner.

McQuaid also joins his former government colleagues, including Jonathan Su, Benjamin Naftalis, and Serrin Turner. While he spoke with other firms after leaving the government, McQuaid said he chose Latham for its platform and talent in litigation and white collar criminal defense.

McQuaid declined to comment on the work load of his successors in the Trump administration, amid investigations by a special counsel and congressional committees. He said serving in the White House Counsel’s Office,”no matter what is going on, takes more than a full day’s work every day.”