Lee Wolosky of Boies Schiller Flexner
Lee Wolosky of Boies Schiller Flexner ()

Boies Schiller Flexner has welcomed Ambassador Lee Wolosky back to the firm after an 18-month stint as the White House’s special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Boies Schiller announced Wolosky’s return on Wednesday, saying he’s coming back as a litigation partner based in the firm’s New York office.

“We are delighted to have Lee back at the firm, where he will resume his role helping clients resolve large, complex, international disputes,” firm chairman David Boies said in a statement.

Wolosky originally joined Boies Schiller in 2001, after serving as a director for transnational threats on the White House National Security Council under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Before this week, he had been on leave from the firm since June 2015, when President Barack Obama announced his diplomatic appointment to oversee efforts to transfer Guantanamo detainees and close the facility.

“We’re quite proud and happy that we whittled away the population from 242 [at the outset of Obama's administration] to 41 as of today, and that we did that responsibly and safely in an interagency process,” Wolosky said in an interview on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump has already signaled a markedly different Guantanamo policy from Obama’s goal of closing the facility. On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to fill Guantanamo with “bad dudes,” while a more recent draft executive order calls for the base to continue detaining “enemy combatants” associated with terrorist networks.

Wolosky said he had always planned to return to Boies Schiller after Obama’s administration ended, regardless of how the election turned out. He said his practice will remain focused on complex disputes that tend to have an international component and a nexus with Washington.

During the 18 months that he was away from the firm, Wolosky said, he believes Boies Schiller has only improved its ability to handle those types of disputes.

“Now, both I and the firm have a greater ability to execute on that because we are deeper internationally,” said Wolosky. “We’re increasingly seen as a go-to place for resolving those types of complex, international matters.”

Wolosky added that he has hit the ground running at Boies Schiller, with an extensive travel schedule lined up for firm business that includes stops in Europe and Asia.

“I just got back to Boies Schiller and I’m already globe-trotting,” he said.

Contact Scott Flaherty at sflaherty@alm.com. On Twitter: @sflaherty18.

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