Obama names new White House counsel
April 21st, 2014
04:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama names new White House counsel

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston as White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

He starts the second week in May, replacing Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the President's most trusted advisers.

The President thanked Ruemmler for her service, called her a close friend and said he would continue to seek her counsel.

Eggleston, who served as associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994 and was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis.

"Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team," President Obama said in a statement.

"He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

As White House counsel, Eggleston will advise the President and his administration on all legal matters, including policy, ethics and legislation.

He has represented companies and individuals facing congressional and regulatory inquires and has counseled a number of high-profile figures in highly sensitive circumstances. Eggleston represented Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky investigation and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his colleague F. Joseph Warin said.

Warin, chair of the Washington litigation department at Gibson Dunn, has worked with Eggleston on cases for two decades. He called Eggleston an unflappable "lawyer's lawyer" capable of handling high-pressure circumstances with cool dispatch.

"He's a great person to be in that job," said Warin. "He's got just impeccable judgment and he is experienced in a range of diverse and challenging circumstances in his own legal career, so he's seen a lot of vignettes and scenarios and knows how to problem solve them."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Welcome counselor.

    April 21, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "He's a lawyer's lawyer."
    RWNJs are going to start throwing their conspiracy theories around, as if they ever stopped. Here's one they'll use: He's(The POTUS) is lawyering up because of all of the multiple scandals surrounding the administration.

    April 21, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    RWNJs are going to start throwing their conspiracy theories around
    Let's tell the truth here Dutch, after six years and 2 presidential butt-whippings do you really care what the elected RWNJ's think, or the ones that frequent this thread for that matter?
    I sure don't.

    April 21, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @GOP Prayer – GOPers, Read Together and Out Loud With Me

    April 21, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |