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King & Spalding Lands Trump CIA Director Gina Haspel

July 8, 2021, 4:11 PM

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel has joined law firm King & Spalding, where she’ll advise clients on cybersecurity and information technology, among other issues.

Haspel, who will be a senior advisor with the firm’s national security team, began her run as top spy in President Donald Trump’s administration in May of 2018 before stepping down when President Joe Biden took office last January. The first woman appointed permanently to head the CIA, Haspel served more than three decades as an intelligence officer in postings around the world.

Haspel was not immediately available for an interview, according to King & Spalding spokesman Luis Mosete. She will also advise King & Spalding clients on matters involving institutional risk management and national security.

“Operating in a dynamic global economy means our clients must be positioned to assess and manage risk,” said Zach Fardon, head of the firm’s Government Matters practice, said in a prepared statement. “Gina joins a team who have held leadership positions in the nation’s intelligence, enforcement and regulatory agencies and who counsel clients on globally significant matters.”

Haspel is joining a number of former government colleagues in King & Spalding’s government matters. The group includes appointees from the Obama and Trump administrations, such as former director of national intelligence Dan Coats and former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, both Trump appointees, and Sally Yates, a former deputy attorney general appointed by Obama.

“King & Spalding has powerful capabilities to help clients to identify opportunities, manage risk, and gain advantage in the highly-competitive global business environment,” Haspel said in the statement, provided by the firm. “I look forward to drawing on my experience for the benefit of King & Spalding clients around the world.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com