Jeannie Rhee Joins Paul, Weiss From the Mueller Special Counsel’s Office

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today that Jeannie S. Rhee, a former United States Deputy Assistant Attorney General and most recently a leading prosecutor in the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, is joining the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department, resident in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Rhee will focus on significant white-collar and regulatory matters, as well as investigations, cybersecurity matters and data breaches.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeannie, who brings unrivaled experience as one of the nation’s leading white-collar and regulatory defense lawyers and as a first-chair trial lawyer,” said Paul, Weiss Chairman Brad S. Karp. “Jeannie’s years of government service – as a senior Justice Department prosecutor, a member of the Mueller investigative team and an advisor to the U.S. Attorney General and to the White House – will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”

“Jeannie is a fantastic addition to Paul, Weiss and our Washington office, which is home to top litigators in a range of practice areas,” said Kenneth A. Gallo, chair of Paul, Weiss’s Washington office. “With partners who have held senior positions in the White House, the Justice Department, and numerous other departments and agencies, our office offers unparalleled breadth and depth of government experience.”  

“Jeannie is widely regarded in Washington as one of the finest lawyers of her generation,” said Kannon K. Shanmugam, managing partner of Paul, Weiss’s Washington office. “We’re building something special in our office, and we’re thrilled that Jeannie has decided to join us.”

In May 2017, Ms. Rhee was asked by Robert Mueller to join the Special Counsel’s Office, where she led the team investigating Russian cyber, social media and intelligence efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Ms. Rhee’s team was responsible for many of the office’s significant accomplishments: the two Russia-related indictments, the prosecution of Trump associate Roger Stone, and the guilty pleas of attorney Michael Cohen and campaign advisor George Papadopoulos. Ms. Rhee also helped secure the guilty plea of former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Between 2009 and 2011, Ms. Rhee served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. There, she advised the Attorney General, the White House and senior agency officials on constitutional, statutory and regulatory issues regarding criminal law, criminal procedure, executive privilege, civil rights and national security.

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