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Wiley Rein has always been a steppingstone for up-and-coming Republican lawyers. But the appointment of former name partner Fred Fielding as White House counsel last month has turned into a springboard for three young lawyers who have followed him to the White House. Two have worked closely with one of Wiley’s prominent Democratic attorneys, Barbara Van Gelder. Albert Lambert served as her No. 2 in the trial of David Safavian, the former top procurement official who was convicted of lying and obstructing justice in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Lambert also helped secure the dismissal of charges against a former employee of beleaguered Iraq contractor Custer Battles. Another associate, Amy Dunathan, worked with Van Gelder in the plea deal of former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford. Before joining Wiley, Dunathan was a legislative aide to former Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.) on international trade issues. The third attorney heading over to the White House is Katherine Comerford Todd, who had been of counsel at Wiley. A Harvard Law School graduate, Todd clerked for then-Judge J. Michael Luttig when he sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and later for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She worked in Wiley’s telecommunications and appellate section.
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