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Jones Day Partner Who Advised Barr Jumps to McGuireWoods (2)

June 22, 2022, 2:07 PMUpdated: June 22, 2022, 7:59 PM

Eric Snyder, a Jones Day partner who advised former Attorney General William Barr during his deposition before the House Jan. 6 committee, has left to join McGuireWoods.

Snyder will join the New York office as a partner in the government investigations and white collar litigation department, McGuireWoods said in a Wednesday statement.

The lawyer adds experience to the firm’s white collar bench, having served 16 years as federal prosecutor, including eight as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. He spent the last six years at Jones Day, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Snyder advised Barr along with Jones Day partner Noel Francisco in a closed-door deposition with the Jan. 6 committee, according to a video released by the panel. Footage showed Snyder and Francisco, who served as the solicitor general during the Trump administration, flanking Barr as he testified.

Barr is among several former Trump administration officials who have said they told former President Donald Trump that his claims of a stolen 2020 election were unfounded. Barr described the claims as “bull— —.”

Barr previously confirmed to Bloomberg Law that Jones Day represented him.

Snyder said that Barr’s communications with the committee have “wrapped up successfully.” He added the former attorney general is a “friend” of his new firm and that the firm would take him on as a client, if asked. Partner George J. Terwilliger III, who had represented former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows before the Jan. 6 committee, worked with Barr at the DOJ in the 1990s.

The hearings “are very important,” Snyder said. “I’m proud to have worked with the committee in trying to find all the facts on what happened that day.”

He declined to comment further on the hearings.

‘Interesting Energy’

Synder’s arrival at McGuireWoods makes him the 16th partner the firm has added this year, a spokesperson said.

Snyder linked the fast pace of growth to his own decision to join. He also noted he’s previously worked with white collar partners Ben O’Neil, who joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in February, and Jason Cowley, who joined its Charlotte and New York offices in 2020.

“There’s sort of an impatience at McGuireWoods to build and grow,” he said. “There’s an energy that’s very interesting to me.”

Snyder said he will maintain clients with matters in Washington, but his “center of gravity” will be in New York, where he will primarily focus on white collar work involving the Justice Department. He is one of more than 80 attorneys who are now in McGuireWoods’ government investigations and white collar litigation department, the firm said.

Jones Day did not immediately return a request for comment on Snyder’s departure.

(Adds detail about McGuireWoods in the 13th paragraph. Previous version corrected spelling of Ben O'Neil's name. )

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