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State Dept. Attorney Duval Joins Zuckerman Spaeder

Sept. 10, 2015, 9:17 PM

A former advisor to the federal government, Catherine S. Duval has left her role with the State Department to return to private practice as a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C.

Duval, who previously served as a counselor to the IRS commissioner, will represent law firms and lawyers in professional matters such as malpractice, other litigation and criminal investigations, while also advising clients that face congressional or government investigations, Zuckerman Spaeder said in an announcement today.

“Kate is an outstanding lawyer. In the last several years, Kate has handled some very complicated and high profile government investigations, and while in private practice handled complex and contentious litigation for law firm clients,” Graeme W. Bush, chairman of Zuckerman Spaeder, said in the law firm’s written announcement.

Duval left the agency at the end of August, after helping produce more than 20,000 pages of documents during her last month and aiding with witness interviews for the U.S. House’s Benghazi committee, according to John Kirby, State Department spokesman. She worked for the department for about a year.

“She has been a tremendous asset for the Department and a professional of the finest kind,” Kirby told Bloomberg BNA in an emailed statement. “Kate was instrumental in raising to a new standard our document production process for Congress.”

Duval previously worked in private practice at Williams & Connolly. She also previously served as a legislative assistant to the former U.S. Sen. James M. Jeffords from Vermont and as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for Judge Fred I. Parker.

Duval graduated from the Duke University School of Law and Georgetown University.

(UPDATED: This article has been updated with comment from State Department spokesman John Kirby)