Former White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II will return to Jones Day to lead its Government Regulation practice group.
McGahn left Jones Day in 2017 after three years as a partner at the firm to join the Trump administration where he served as counsel through tumultuous political and legal challenges.
In his role as leader of the Government Regulation practice group at Jones Day, McGahn, will oversee representation of clients before government agencies, in enforcement matters, and in court disputes arising from government regulation or action. He will also handle litigation, crisis management, and regulatory compliance issues.
“Don’s unique experience building, managing, and advising the Administration’s legal team, combined with his decades of work with Congress on numerous key regulatory issues will provide invaluable insight to our clients,” Kevyn Orr, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Washington office, said in a statement.
McGahn left the White House in October. He and President Donald Trump reportedly clashed over several matters during his tenure. These included Trump’s request that McGahn order DOJ officials fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which according to news reports, McGahn refused to do.
During his months in the administration, McGahn also helped guide Trump U.S. Supreme Court nominees Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch through the judicial confirmation process.
He was succeeded in the White House counsel’s office by Pat Cipollone, a former partner at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner, a Washington law firm.
Jones Day, which was named the top U.S. law firm brand in an Acritas survey released in February, is known for its ties to the Trump Administration. Former Jones Day lawyers to leave the firm for the White House include Bill McGinley; Greg Katsas; Noel Francisco; John Gore; and Chad Readler.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, McGahn worked at Patton Boggs, now Squire Patton Boggs, in Washington. Before that, he worked as a commissioner at the Federal Election Commission and served as its chair in 2008.
Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents.