Kathryn Ruemmler to Latham & Watkins

Kathryn Ruemmler will rejoin Latham & Waktins as a partner in the litigation department and as a member of the white collar criminal defense group.

Ruemmler will return to the firm in July. She will be resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She was previously both a partner and an associate at the firm.

Ruemmler returns to Latham after five and a half years of government service, most recently as counsel to the President of the United States.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for a President whom I greatly admire and with a talented and devoted team at the White House,” Ruemmler said. “I leave with great fondness and respect for my colleagues at the White House, the Department of Justice, and across the government. I am also excited to rejoin my friends and colleagues at Latham,” said Ruemmler.  “The firm has a deep and formidable bench of talent, a culture that fosters teamwork and collegiality, and unmatched global litigation capability. I am thrilled to be back on Latham’s team counseling the world’s top companies, financial institutions, and executives and helping them through their most difficult legal challenges.”

Latham & Watkins chair and managing partner Robert Dell said that Ruemmler “is among a small group of litigators offering a unique combination of experience and skills in the policy, regulatory and enforcement areas.”

“She is truly among the best and the brightest of her generation and will be a terrific addition to our world-class litigation team. She is a gifted strategist and will be a sought-after counselor,” Dell said.

Prior to her recent turn in government service, Ruemmler spent six years as a federal prosecutor, where she handled a wide variety of criminal investigations and prosecutions ranging from violent crimes to accounting and securities fraud and insider trading.

She has tried many cases to verdict both inside the government and in private practice, perhaps most notably as co-lead trial counsel in the high-profile and successful securities fraud prosecution of former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. Ruemmler delivered the government’s closing argument in that case.

Ruemmler graduated, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993.

She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal.  After graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Timothy K. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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