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Kathryn H. Ruemmler

Kathryn H. Ruemmler

Latham & Watkins LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Kathryn H. Ruemmler is a partner in the Litigation Department of Latham & Watkins LLP and global Co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. Ms. Ruemmler focuses on white collar criminal defense, SEC and other agency enforcement matters and congressional and internal investigations, and has extensive trial experience, including trying over 20 cases to verdict both in government and private practice. She has built a reputation as a respected and formidable litigator with an unusual breadth of experience in crisis management, policy development and regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Ruemmler rejoined Latham after serving for more than five years in the Obama Administration, first in the Department of Justice and later as Counsel to the President. As one of President Obama’s most senior advisors, she provided strategic advice on all legal matters implicating domestic and foreign policy and national security; advised on all significant litigation, including the most high- profile and consequential cases heard by the US Supreme Court; managed the Administration’s response to congressional and other investigations and oversaw the selection and nomination process for the federal judiciary. Prior to her tenure in the Obama Administration, Ms. Ruemmler served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ, one of the Department’s most senior positions, and worked for six years as a federal prosecutor, including as Deputy Director of the Enron Task Force and one of the case’s lead prosecutors. Ms. Ruemmler’s work on that case earned her the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the DOJ’s highest recognition. Ms. Ruemmler received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Law Journal. She clerked for the Hon. Timothy K. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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