Bloomberg Law
June 19, 2019, 6:48 PM

Jones Day Hires Trump White House Alum Robert Luther III

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Jones Day has hired White House alum Robert Luther III to join its government regulation practice in Washington, where he’ll be working with former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who now co-chairs the practice.

“Rob has a compelling background, as he has served in all three branches of the federal government over the last five years,” McGahn said in a statement.

Jones Day has enjoyed a cushy relationship with the Trump administration, with numerous of its former lawyers working in it, including Solicitor General Noel Francisco. The firm also has represented Trump’s presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Jones Day has made headlines recently because of a lawsuit filed by six former female attorneys who allege that the firm engages in systemic discrimination against female associates.

Luther, who joins the firm as of counsel, worked for almost two year as associate counsel to President Donald Trump. In this role, he co-managed the process for interviewing and recommending to Trump more than 150 federal judicial nominees and dozens of agency and other politically appointed legal personnel, a Jones Day announcement said.

Prior to that, Luther worked in the presidential appointments group on the presidential transition team of Trump for America Inc., where he vetted prospective nominees for presidential appointments, including the judges on then-candidate Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court list.

Luther’s experience also includes acting as counsel to Jeff Sessions, advising then-Senator Sessions on judicial nominations and constitutional law matters.

Luther teaches legal writing and a course on the federal judiciary at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents.

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