Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.
Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL. (Diego M. Radzinschi)

As the nation ruminates over the national security implications of the latest releases by WikiLeaks, Morrison & Foerster added another former federal government lawyer to its newly formed national security, global risk and crisis management practice.

Morrison & Foerster announced Tuesday its hire of David Newman, a former special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama and member of the National Security Council, will join the firm as of counsel in New York.

“I really look forward to taking the experience that I gained and the breadth of issues I confronted in my time in government and putting them to work on cutting-edge matters here at Morrison & Foerster for our clients,” Newman said Tuesday.

Newman, 37, first joined the White House in 2013. The former Jenner & Block associate advised the president on counterterrorism matters and helped coordinate the Obama administration’s responses to domestic and international crises.

Prior to his White House work, Newman clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from 2010 to 2011, when he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security. It was at Main Justice that Newman (pictured right) first began working with John Carlin, a former assistant attorney general for national security and now a partner at MoFo in New York.

“When I was looking for opportunities at the end of the administration, the opportunity to collaborate again with [John] was just too tempting to pass up,” said Newman, whose father was a partner at New York’s Dolgenos Newman & Cronin.

Carlin joined MoFo in January as co-chair of the firm’s national security group and chair of its global risk and crisis management practice. Carlin said it has become clear just in his first few months of private practice how many businesses are in need of support relating to national security issues, be it cybersecurity breaches or internal investigations. He added that is one reason why MoFo chose to hire Newman.

“I’m very confident that he’s going to help us build out the [practice],” Carlin said.

Newman is the latest former member of the Obama administration to join MoFo. Last month the firm hired Ali Zaidi, a former associate director for natural resources, energy and sciences in the White House Office of Management & Budget, as a senior adviser for its climate and environmental policy group in Washington, D.C. Other current MoFo partners that worked in the Obama administration include Charles “Chuck” Duross, James Koukios, Jessie Liu and Kathryn Thomson.

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