Ex-White House Counsel to Rejoin Latham: Business of Law

Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler will rejoin Latham & Watkins LLP as a partner in the litigation department and as a member of the white-collar defense and investigations practice group. She will be resident in Washington and intends to expand her practice to New York, the firm said.

Ruemmler, one of the president’s longest-serving counsels, advised on legal aspects of domestic and foreign policy and national security.

“Kathy is a fantastic lawyer who has great instinct and judgment,” Alice Fisher, the office managing partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, said in a statement. “She is battle-tested at the highest levels.”

In six years as a federal prosecutor, Ruemmler was co-lead trial counsel in the securities fraud prosecution of former Enron Corp. chief executive officers Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

As associate counsel to Bill Clinton, Ruemmler defended the White House during independent-counsel and congressional investigations, the firm said.

Kirkland & Ellis Adds Debt-Finance Partner From Weil in London

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP announced that Stephen Lucas will join its London office as a partner in the debt-finance practice group. He joins from the London office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Lucas represents sponsors, financial institutions, funds and corporations on leveraged finance, structured debt and restructurings, the firm said.

Hinshaw & Culbertson Expands Phoenix Office With Two Partners

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP hired Stephen W. Tully and Timothy I. McCulloch as partners in its commercial-litigation practice group in Phoenix, where they will be co-partners in charge. They join Hinshaw from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

Tully, who has experience in complex commercial litigation, was in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007 and was majority leader from 2005 to 2007. From 2003 to 2005, he was chairman of the House judiciary and ethics committees.

Trial and Appellate Lawyer Chronowski Joins Dykema in Chicago

Dykema Gossett PLLC said Lou Chronowski has joined the firm as a member in its business and commercial litigation practice in Chicago. Before joining Dykema, he was a partner and chairman of the franchise, dealer and distribution group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  

Firm News

Littler Extends Reach in Central America With Honduras Pact

Littler Global member BDS Asesores has expanded into Honduras by combining with Ulloa & Associates, the largest law firm in the northern region of Honduras, according to a statement.

“We are quickly covering the most important regions for employers with operations in Central and Latin America,” Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, said in the statement.

Ulloa & Associates is led by managing partner Marielena Ulloa, a labor and employment attorney.

Littler Global has offices in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

News

Attorney Frenkel Calls Prosecuting Banks ‘Dangerous’

Jacob Frenkel, a former federal prosecutor who’s now a lawyer at Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker PA in Potomac, Maryland, says a criminal charge against Credit Suisse AG may result in “severe collateral consequences” for the banking industry.

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