Former Deputy White House Counsel and Southern District of New York Prosecutor Joins Latham’s New York Office

Nicholas McQuaid brings a wealth of high-level government, crisis management and trial experience to the firm.

June 19, 2017

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Nicholas McQuaid has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department and member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. Prior to joining Latham, McQuaid was Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama in the White House Counsel’s Office. He previously served as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”). Given his extensive Washington experience, McQuaid will work closely with the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as well.

During his four and half years of service in the White House Counsel’s Office, McQuaid handled a variety of sensitive litigation and investigation-related matters. He dealt extensively with Congressional committees on a variety of investigations, including inquiries into the Benghazi attacks and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and he prepared numerous senior White House staff and cabinet officials for Congressional hearings and other forms of testimony. McQuaid also served as a liaison with the Department of Justice on criminal and civil litigation matters, and advised the President and senior White House staff on risk management, ethics and compliance matters. In addition, he worked closely with officials at the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to working in Washington, McQuaid served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (“AUSA”) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the SDNY. While an AUSA, he successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, and briefed and argued several appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. McQuaid has also prosecuted complex criminal organizations and other significant cases involving wire, bank and securities fraud and money laundering.

Michèle Penzer, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York, said: “Nick is an incredible talent and thoughtful advisor. He is an excellent addition to our growing Litigation & Trial Department in New York and his unique combination of experience from the SDNY and the White House will further bolster the team of leading white collar lawyers in this office and worldwide.”

Kathryn Ruemmler, Global Co-chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice and former White House Counsel, added: “Nick was highly respected in the White House for his excellent judgment, crisis management skills and keen intellect. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Latham where he will be an asset to clients navigating a multitude of extremely complex legal risks and challenges associated with doing business in the world’s global financial markets.”

“I’m excited to build my practice within Latham & Watkins’ top-tier, global White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. I’ll have the honor of working with some of the brightest litigators in the industry, several of whom I’ve had the privilege of working with in previous positions within government,” said McQuaid. “I look forward to building my practice at Latham with a focus on white collar investigations and litigation, regulatory enforcement matters, congressional investigations and crisis management.”

McQuaid is the third SDNY prosecutor to recently join the firm’s New York office. Benjamin Naftalis joined the firm in 2015, bringing extensive government experience in securities laws, financial markets, and international money laundering. In 2016, Serrin Turner joined the firm also bringing extensive government experience in complex, high-profile investigations and cases involving cybersecurity. In addition to Kathryn Ruemmler, McQuaid joins Obama Administration White House Counsel’s Office alumni Jonathan SuSteven Croley and Daniel Dominguez in Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department.

McQuaid graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University in 1996 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 2005, where he served on the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and James Kent Scholar. Upon graduation, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the SDNY and then for U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Michèle Penzer, New York Office Managing Partner, +1.212.906.1245

Kathryn Ruemmler, Global Co-chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, +1.202.637.2179

Miles Ruthberg, Local Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department, +1.212.906.1688

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