White House appoints new Counsel

April 23, 2014 President Barack Obama has tapped a white collar defense attorney and former counsel of the Clinton White House as his new top lawyer. Neil Eggleston replaces Kathryn Ruemmler as the White House counsel.

Obama praised Eggleston's "extraordinary expertise, credentials and experience." He added: "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years".

Obama described Ruemmler as a valued friend and trusted adviser who had an "uncanny ability to see around the corners that nobody else in the room anticipates."

Eggleston joins the White House from the partnership at Kirkland & Ellis, where he advises on corporate and regulatory issues.

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