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In between criminal justice reform discussions with Kim Kardashian and mulling a pardon for Martha Stewart this week, President Donald Trump spent his evenings huddling in the White House with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani about the special counsel’s Russia probe, according to the former New York City mayor.
It remains unclear when or if Trump will talk to Robert Mueller’s team, with Giuliani saying the two sides have hit an impasse a little more than one year after the probe began. Since the president’s personal lawyer Emmet Flood sought access to classified meetings with lawmakers over the FBI’s use of an informant in the Russia investigation, Trump has repeatedly taken to Twitter to allege the FBI placed “spies” in his 2016 campaign.
Meanwhile, Washington’s white-collar bar is capitalizing on the action in the Russia probe and other governmental investigations now underway. Recent months have featured a flurry of moves by lawyers with experience in government investigations and white-collar defense.
In recent weeks, O’Melveny & Myers, Schertler & Onorato, and Winston & Strawn have all landed top-flight lawyers with deep involvement in controversies involving governmental investigations in Washington.
This week it was Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s turn. After stocking its New York offices with former U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of New Jersey and his former counsel, Arnold & Porter added two new partners to its white-collar defense and government contracts practice in Washington, Craig Margolis and Tirzah Lollar, both from Vinson & Elkins.
Margolis’ practice focuses on False Claims Act cases, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, political corruption, tax and securities fraud, health care fraud, and government contracts procurement fraud. Lollar also handles white-collar criminal defense and government investigations.
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The Trump administration’s evolving agenda on trade issues continues to keep lawyers in demand. King & Spalding hired Bradford Ward away from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Ward worked nine years at USTR, most recently as director of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.
Ward will be a partner in the government matters practice, where he will focus on international trade policy and litigation involving federal agencies, before U.S. courts, and in World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels.
“The sophistication of my new colleagues in the International Trade practice in Geneva and Washington, as well as the high-profile laterals joining the firm in other practices, give this firm an energy that is hard to beat,” Ward said in a statement. “I am excited to get started.”
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe lured Geoff Willard to the firm’s technology companies group in Washington from Cooley. Willard works with venture capital clients and companies of varying stages of development.
The technology companies group has added more than a dozen partners since 2016, following Willard’s hire, according to Orrick. The firm said it has more than 150 lawyers handling such matters in its 20 markets worldwide.
“Orrick is a tech leader with a truly global and comprehensive platform and a distinctive one-team approach,” Willard said in a statement. “I’m very excited to help build the firm’s platform in the greater D.C. market and the East Coast.”
Speaking of Cooley, Eric Kuwana has joined Cooley as a partner in Washington and New York from Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Kuwana co-chaired Katten’s securities litigation and enforcement practice after working in President George H.W. Bush’s White House Counsel’s Office.
Kuwana said he was attracted to Cooley because of his personal relationships with other lawyers at the firm and because of Cooley’s reputation in venture capital and business sectors that are crucial to his practice.
Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Lynn has rejoined Morrison & Foerster one year after leaving for Jenner & Block.
Twelve months unattached to Morrison & Foerster proved to be too much for Lynn, who said he gained a lot of perspective is his year-long separation from the firm’s corporate finance group.
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, a Republican who quit Congress in May, is joining DLA Piper as a senior policy adviser in Washington and Philadelphia.
“Charlie is highly regarded in Washington and across the country, and during his tenure in Congress developed many strong relationships with elected officials from both parties,” said Ignacio Sanchez, chair of DLA Piper’s government affairs practice, in a statement.
Dent—former chairman of the House Ethics Committee—said in a statement that he was “very excited” to join DLA Piper.