White House Counsel leaves to rejoin Latham & Watkins

May 21, 2014 White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is leaving the government job to rejoin Latham & Watkins. This will be her third stint at the firm over the course of her career - she also took time away from the firm to serve as a federal prosecutor and a legal adviser to President William Clinton.

Ruemmler will be a partner in Latham’s litigation department and a part of the firm’s white-collar defense and investigations practice group.

Ms. Ruemmler said her government experience provided insights into the significant challenges that face top lawyers in charge of big companies. “The president would often say to me, ‘I need you to be looking around corners,’” she said. “I think I can help clients in the private sector by playing that same role.”

“The White House really sees everything, and you touch everything,” Ms. Ruemmler said. “My job was to defend the interests of the president and the presidency, to ensure that the office and the officeholder were protected and also that he had the information that he needed to make decisions. Any problem or challenge that hits the President’s desk is one that doesn’t usually have an easy answer.”

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