The revolving door between government service and the private sector creates a lot of mischief. When the senior leadership of the FDA pass in and out of C-suite gigs in biopharma, it’s a problem. But the revolving door has benefits too. Arguably the most impactful and societally beneficial instance is when criminal defense lawyers become prosecutors. Wielding the awesome power of the government can harden a person, and periodically injecting that institution with voices who’ve actually been there with a client targeted by the government makes the criminal justice system stronger. Because Jack McCoy is a horrible fascist.
In any event, one of the most important prosecutorial offices in the country is heeding this call. This morning, Krieger Kim & Lewin, a white-collar boutique founded in 2017 by the three former federal prosecutors, announced that Ed Kim would be leaving to join the leadership team under U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. Kim previously served as the complex fraud and cybercrime chief over there and before that worked on the defense side at Lankler Siffert & Wohl (where, in the spirit of full disclosure, he had the office next to mine and Lewin worked on another floor).
The firm, now known as Krieger Lewin LLP, has managed an impressive run of placements with the government over its seven years of existence. Kim becomes the eighth Krieger Lewin alum to move into the SDNY office over the life of the firm, cementing a reputation as a proving ground for attorneys moving on to elite government positions.
And while losing a founding partner is hard, the newly monikered Krieger Lewin LLP also announced a new addition to shoulder some of the high-profile cases it handles, including matters as diverse as representing a party in the latest Bob Menendez case and that guy who impersonated Marcus Smart as part of a medical billing plot. Dan Noble, most recently of Finn Dixon & Herling, will join KL as a partner at the end of the month. Like Kim, Noble also used to quarterback complex fraud matters at the SDNY and has served on the House Intelligence Committee’s legal staff.
Law360 spoke with Noble about the move:
“I have a lot of personal respect for them, both as attorneys and just as people,” Noble said. “They have built, in a short amount of time, a remarkably strong litigation boutique in New York that, among our colleagues and former colleagues from the office, is extremely well respected.”
It seems as though everyone is coming out ahead in this move.
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