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Neil Eggleston Picked for White House Counsel


W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, was named Monday the next White House counsel. Eggleston was picked to replace Kathryn Ruemmler, a former Latham & Watkins partner who plans to stay at the post until mid-May, the White House said. Ruemmler intends to return to private practice in New York.

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  • Roland Thau, Assistant Federal Defender

    Many years ago, NE was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He and a colleague of his were my trial adversaries when the government and I agreed to enter into a fairly complicated stipulation intended to make it unnecessary for a government witness to fly across the country to testify. The stip was to be prepared and written after the trial‘s recess for the evening. Neil‘s colleague and I discussed the matter and HE handwrote the stipulation. I signed it eagerly, realizing that the language written by Neil‘s colleague was not going to accomplish its intended purpose.
    The next morning, Neil excoriated me for signing a impotent stipulation, saying that I had taken advantage of a younger lawyer. He was not sympathetic to my reminder that the stip was intended to benefit the government and had been written by a govt lawyer. Neil: but you realized that it wasn‘t an effective stip and should have told [my colleague].

  • LW

    All of these high level legal appointments are from law firms who primarily if not exclusively ( except for pro bono assignments) represent the corporate establishment and are loaned to the White House. The oligarchy grows stronger by the day.

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