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US firm Latham & Watkins has secured the hire of its second prominent Enron prosecutor.
Kathryn Ruemmler will be reunited with former chief prosecutor of Enron, Sean Berkowitz, whom Latham took on three months ago (see The Lawyer, 3 November 2006).
While Berkowitz chose to stay in his home town of Chicago, Ruemmler will join Latham’s 222-lawyer Washington DC office as a litigation partner.
Ruemmler was a deputy director of the US Department of Justice’s task force into Enron, which Berkowtiz used to run.
Both she and Berkowitz delivered the closing arguments in the trials of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Enron’s chairman and CEO. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years on various counts of fraud and insider trading but Lay died in July 2006 and subsequently had his sentence vacated, as is customary in the States.
Latham’s DC head of litigation Kip Johnson said: “Kathy is the kind of person clients would want as their lawyer and lawyers should want as their partner.”
Other Enron prosecutors to have joined private practice include Berkowitz’s task force predecessors Leslie Caldwell and Andrew Weissman, who went to Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Jenner & Block respectively.
Meanwhile, Latham has raided Morgan Lewis for a new environmental litigator, Gary Gengel, for its Newark office, making him the office’s third partner. All three in Latham’s New Jersey outpost are litigators.