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KPMG Hires WilmerHale Alum as General Counsel

Oct. 2, 2017, 10:34 PM

Accounting giant KPMG announced the appointment of Tonya T. Robinson as the company’s top lawyer, replacing Joseph I. Loonan, who held the role of general counsel for 12 years.

In a statement released Monday, KPMG said that Loonan will remain as special counsel to the chairman of KPMG.

Robinson takes over responsibility for coordinating legal affairs and managing the Office of General Counsel, including attorneys, auditors and advisory personnel who provide legal services to the firm.

The change are effective Oct. 1, KPMG said.

Neither Robinson nor Loonan were immediately available for an interview.

Robinson joins KPMG from the position as acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

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A graduate of Harvard Law School, Robinson had two stints at the law firm WilmerHale, first as an associate starting in 1999 and then as litigation partner between 2009 and 2012 after spending time in government, according to her LinkedIn biography.

In 1998, she was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

“Tonya is a very talented and experienced attorney, with a distinguished career and a proven track record,” said KPMG chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie.

KPMG is facing a gender discrimination class action , claiming the firm penalized women for taking maternity leave and denied women promotions.

KPMG has fought the complaint, saying the claims are without merit.

“KPMG has long been recognized as a great place to work and build a career, as well as a leader in fostering a diverse and inclusive culture,” said a KPMG spokesperson in March. “The firm is deeply committed to the career advancement of women and confronting the challenges women too often face in the workplace, and takes very seriously any concern about discrimination or unfair treatment.”

Additionally, in June, KPMG agreed to pay $420,000 to settle a federal investigation that found the company discriminated against Asian job applicants in a New Jersey facility. However, the company admitted no liability.

Contact the reporter responsible for this story: Casey Sullivan at csullivan@bloomberglaw.com.

Contact the editor responsible for this story: Gabe Friedman at gabefriedman@outlook.com.

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