Proskauer swoops for Spitzer’s deputy

Proskauer Rose has strengthened its fraud practice with the high-profile hire of former New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s deputy.

Dietrich Snell, who until last year was Spitzer’s deputy attorney general, joins Proskauer at the end of this month as a partner in the firm’s corporate defence and investigations group.

Snell’s impressive CV includes a stint as senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and 11 years as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York.

During his time in the Southern District, Snell successfully prosecuted 1993 World Trade Centre bomber Ramzi Yousef for his role in the 1994-95 plot to destroy 12 passenger jets in midair.

Snell said the ending of Spitzer’s term in office last November had been a natural point for him to consider his options regarding his career. “Bob Cleary [chair of Proskauer’s corporate defence group] contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in the growing group at Proskauer,” said Snell. “He’d been in a similar position to me when he joined the firm, with a track record in the public sector, but was now looking to continue growing the practice.”

Cleary said Snell’s range of experience would be a significant complement to a practice that “was expanding rapidly and attracting top talent”.

Recent hires have included veteran securities and regulatory litigators Thomas Sjoblom and Ronald Wood, both of whom specialised in white-collar and enforcement matters at the Securities and Exchange Commission.