Obama names Neil Eggleston as new White House Counsel

Neil EgglestonPresident Barack Obama has called upon Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston to be the next White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

He starts the second week in May, replacing Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the President’s most trusted advisers.

The President thanked Ruemmler for her service, called her a close friend and said he would continue to seek her counsel.

Eggleston, who served as associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994 and was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis.

“Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team,” President Obama said in a statement.

“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.”

As White House counsel, Eggleston will advise the President and his administration on all legal matters, including policy, ethics and legislation.

He has represented companies and individuals facing congressional and regulatory inquires and has counseled a number of high-profile figures in highly sensitive circumstances. Eggleston represented Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky investigation and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his colleague F. Joseph Warin said.

Warin, chair of the Washington litigation department at Gibson Dunn, has worked with Eggleston on cases for two decades. He called Eggleston an unflappable “lawyer’s lawyer” capable of handling high-pressure circumstances with cool dispatch.

“He’s a great person to be in that job,” said Warin. “He’s got just impeccable judgment and he is experienced in a range of diverse and challenging circumstances in his own legal career, so he’s seen a lot of vignettes and scenarios and knows how to problem solve them.”




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