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WASHINGTON — A top Bush Justice Department attorney who managed the recent Senate confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, and a veteran U.S. Senate investigator have joined Washington’s Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in the firm’s public policy and strategy practice. Rachel L. Brand, most recently assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy, and Mark D. Nelson, formerly deputy chief counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, will focus on congressional investigations, regulatory affairs and crisis management. Brand also will be active in the firm’s government litigation and defense and national security practices. Brand and Nelson join the firm as counsel. As assistant attorney general for legal policy, Brand served as chief policy and regulatory advisor to the attorney general. Nelson led a wide range of inquiries, including investigations focused on: domestic and offshore tax shelters; international money laundering; derivatives and futures trading; stock option backdating; and the tax treatment of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. At the Justice Department, Brand had primary responsibility for counter-terrorism related policy issues and is a leading authority on the U.S.A. Patriot Act, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act, other law enforcement and national security investigative authorities, and immigration reform. Nelson has served as both counsel and deputy chief counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Before joining the subcommittee staff, he was a litigator for five years at Washington’s McKee Nelson and Swidler Berlin, where he represented clients in civil, white collar and tax related matters. Nelson holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School. More than 130 of WilmerHale’s lawyers have served in senior government positions in the United States, in Europe and in multilateral organizations. These include the White House, independent agencies and Departments of the Federal Government, the United States Congress, the European Commission, the German Federal Government and the World Trade Organization.

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