Emmet Flood. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Emmet Flood, the White House lawyer representing President Donald Trump in dealings with the special counsel’s office, earned $3.3 million as a Williams & Connolly partner between 2017 and his departure from the firm earlier this year, according to a newly released financial disclosure report.

The disclosure by the White House identified Flood as special counsel to Donald Trump and serving as a special government employee. Flood joined Trump’s legal team in May, replacing Ty Cobb, a former Hogan Lovells partner who was credited with persuading the president to cooperate with the special counsel’s office in the first year of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

There were no clear Trump administration ties in Flood’s financial disclosure. The report showed Flood provided legal services to San Francisco-based biotech company Genentech; Intel Corp. and the law firm McGuireWoods. The firm’s former chairman, Richard Cullen, now a senior partner, represents Vice President Mike Pence in the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

Flood said he received his final Williams & Connolly partnership distribution of $59,780 on June 11, and the capital account was withdrawn from the firm in July. The proceeds, he said, were deposited in a money market account. He did not identify the value of the account.

A Williams & Connolly partner since 2009, Flood represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment. While he defended Clinton, Flood entered the White House with extensive experience representing Republicans. As a White House lawyer during former President George W. Bush’s second term, he helped counter congressional investigations into the mass firing of U.S. attorneys. Later, in private practice, he represented former Vice President Dick Cheney.

In September 2016, Flood donated $2,700 to Trump’s presidential campaign. That year, Flood contributed the same amount to the re-election campaign of then-U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, who now serves as Trump’s secretary of state. Between 2009 and 2016, Flood contributed $12,600 to Pompeo’s campaigns, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Flood’s financial disclosure also showed he provided legal services for the estate of the late oil and gas executive Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in 2016 in a car crash a day after U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges against him.

Flood’s other clients included Deep Fork Capital, the venture capital fund in Menlo Park, California, the trustees of Princeton University, and U.S. government contractor CGI Federal. He represented G. Paul Nardo, the clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates. Flood said he could not disclose seven clients—including one entity and six individuals—because “they are subject to non-public investigations.”

“Emmet is a superb lawyer, and it has been my pleasure to be his partner for more than two decades,” Williams & Connolly partner Brendan Sullivan Jr. told The National Law Journal in May. “He is devoted to the law and to his clients.”


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