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Ex-Jan. 6 Committee Lawyer Leaves Capitol for Jenner & Block

Aug. 12, 2022, 10:00 AM

Michelle Kallen, who represented the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the US Capitol in cases involving Stephen Bannon and other Trump administration figures, has joined Jenner & Block as a partner.

Kallen, who has served as a special litigation counsel for the Jan. 6 panel for the past six months, will join the firm’s appellate & supreme court practice in Washington, the firm said Friday. Her first day will be Sept. 6.

Kallen represented the Jan. 6 panel in a variety of court matters, including those involving Bannon and John Eastman, a former Trump lawyer accused of hatching a plan to overturn the 2020 election.

She helped successfully quash an effort by Bannon to subpoena members and staff on the Jan. 6 committee in his criminal contempt case. She also helped draft a brief in California federal court claiming the committee has a “good-faith basis” for concluding that former President Donald Trump and members of his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

While the committee has given no indication when it will conclude its work, Kallen said in an interview that she always viewed her role as temporary.

Before taking on the litigation position, she was solicitor general of Virginia, departing following a change in party leadership in the attorney general’s office.

“Having worked on matters that were really important and meaningful, like helping Virginia navigate Covid and the 2020 election, to go from that to something just as monumental was really meaningful,” Kallen said. “The last four years have been a lot.”

Kallen previously worked as an associate at Simpson & Thacher and Paul Weiss.

“Michelle has a proven reputation for excellence and we are thrilled to welcome her to the firm,” Jenner co-managing partners Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg said in a joint statement. “Her experience representing Virginia and the select committee in high impact matters... make her a valuable asset for our clients.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Wise at jwise@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com