Ex-DOJ Veteran Alicia O’Brien Joins King & Spalding in D.C.

Sept. 3, 2019, 7:10 PM

King & Spalding brought aboard former Justice Department veteran Alicia O’Brien as a partner in its government matters practice group in Washington.

The ex-Venable partner rejoins her old boss, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates joined the firm last year. She was fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to carry out the administration’s travel ban.

O’Brien was deputy assistant U.S. attorney general for legislative affairs and also associate deputy AG, serving under Yates.

“Alicia’s practice fits squarely within our congressional, federal and state investigations capabilities in Washington, D.C.,” Wick Sollers, head of the government matters practice group, said in a statement.

O’Brien at DOJ managed responses to congressional inquiries and investigations as well as to questions from the General Accountability Office (GAO) and other agencies. She also left the department in 2017.

O’Brien in private practice advised Fortune 500 companies, global organizations and CEOs on government investigations and oversight, including off-label use and direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals, as well as international investigations.

“King & Spalding’s strong global platform and the strength of its government matters practice, and in particular the stellar reputation of its congressional investigations team, is what brought me to the firm,” she said in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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