October 26, 2011

Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Weissmann has joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as its General Counsel and an Assistant Director.  In his new role, he will provide comprehensive legal advice to the FBI Director and other FBI officials, divisions and field offices on a wide array of investigative and administrative operations.

“We are thrilled that Andrew is taking on this important role to serve the country as general counsel of the FBI,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Susan C. Levy.  “Andrew played an important role in the development of our New York office and of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.  We will miss him greatly, but congratulate him on this wonderful achievement.”

Mr. Weissmann joined the Firm’s then-new office in New York in 2006.  As a Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, he worked on numerous complex matters for clients around the world.  He led the Jenner & Block team that won a $430 million award against Credit Suisse Securities – the largest FINRA arbitration award ever – for STMicroelectronics, in an auction rate securities case.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit affirmed that award in 2011.  Mr. Weissmann also testified frequently about criminal justice issues before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, most recently in support of proposed revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

During his tenure at Jenner & Block, Mr. Weissmann helped drive the growth of the Firm’s New York office and was joined by many top tier white collar criminal defense and investigative attorneys including Partners Peter B. Pope, who headed the statewide Criminal Division of the New York State Attorney General’s Office; Katya Jestin, who was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; and Kenyanna M. Scott, a former Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Weissmann served as director of the Enron Task Force, overseeing the prosecution of more than 30 people connected with the failed energy company.  Prior to that assignment, he was with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he served as chief of the criminal division from 2000 to 2003.  He was also Special Counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller III in 2005. 

Mr. Weissmann’s appointment to the FBI position is the latest example of Jenner & Block’s commitment to public service as a core value and long-standing tradition.  He joins a lengthy list of Firm attorneys who have been appointed to senior-level positions in government.  Recent partners Donald Verrilli, Jr. and Thomas J. Perrelli currently serve as Solicitor General of the United States and Associate U.S. Attorney General, respectively.  Other former partners serving in senior positions at the Justice Department include Ian Heath Gershengorn, the Department’s senior litigator responsible for defense of the Affordable Care Act in the federal courts.