WASHINGTON, DC, NOVEMBER 16, 2022 - Marcus A.R. Childress, former Investigative Counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol, joins Jenner & Block this week. He adds to the firm’s deep bench of government experience and is the fifth former government official to join Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC, office in the last three months. Mr. Childress will serve as a member of the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation, Congressional Investigations, and Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practices.
“We are thrilled to welcome Marcus to Jenner & Block,”said Co-Managing Partners Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg. “His years of investigations experience in government and private practice will significantly benefit our clients facing matters at the intersection of the law, policy, government, and media scrutiny.”
Mr. Childress, one of the first lawyers to join the January 6th Committee, investigated the physical assault on the Capitol. He worked alongside Committee members to identify why the attackers came to Washington, DC, and how they breached the Capitol; coordinated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding parallel criminal investigations; and led hearing preparations. Over the course of the investigation, Mr. Childress conducted more than 60 depositions and interviews of key witnesses, including many of the interviews that were featured prominently during the televised hearings.
“In service to the January 6th Committee, as an Air Force JAG officer, and in private practice, Marcus has proven himself to be a smart, thoughtful, and tremendous investigations lawyer,” said Tom Perrelli, firm Chair and Co-Chair of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. “His experience on all sides of high-profile investigations makes him a strong addition to our team.”
Mr. Childress is the second high-profile arrival to join Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies Practice in recent weeks, following the return of Partner Emily M. Loeb. Until recently, Ms. Loeb served on the “Day One” leadership team that joined the DOJ after President Biden’s inauguration. As Chair of the Congressional Investigations Practice and Co-Chair of the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, she helps lead Washington, DC’s, go-to team for navigating high stakes matters at the intersection of the law, policy, government, and media scrutiny.
“In our fast-paced times, the reputation stakes for those caught in the spotlight have never been higher,” said Ms. Loeb. “Jenner & Block’s team is uniquely experienced at advising clients facing these multi-faceted problems–we have seen these complex issues as congressional staff, in leadership roles in federal and state government, and in high-stakes congressional investigations in private practice. Marcus’ experience as a lead investigator in the House’s January 6th Committee will be a key asset for our clients as they navigate this challenging landscape.”
Mr. Childress began his career in public service as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force and a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Middle District of Georgia. In this role, he oversaw more than 100 criminal investigations and prosecuted more than 20 criminal jury trials. He entered private practice in 2019 at a Washington, DC, law firm focused on cross-border investigations and FCPA work. Mr. Childress has advised clients on several high-stakes matters, including DOJ, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) investigations. He also counseled clients on investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and white-collar crimes.
“Prior to his time on the Committee, I was fortunate enough to work alongside Marcus on joint investigation teams,” said Partner Keisha N. Stanford, a member of the Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice. “Clients are facing increasingly complex federal and state enforcement and regulatory actions, and corporate compliance programs are under heightened scrutiny. Marcus’ public and private sector experience, as well as his practical and collaborative approach, make him a great addition to any investigation team. I’m excited to work with him again, now under the same roof, to advise clients as they navigate these challenges.”
In addition to his public service, Mr. Childress is passionate about issues impacting the southern Black community and his pro bono practice focuses on gerrymandering and voting rights. He also has experience representing Armed Forces Veterans. Mr. Childress is an active member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, serving as a Washington, DC, City Lead and as an alum of the 2020 Pathfinder’s Program.
“Having worked with Jenner & Block on joint investigation teams and voting rights matters, I have always admired the firm’s culture and commitment to delivering excellence for clients,” said Mr. Childress. “I am excited to be joining a team of lawyers that is uniquely positioned to counsel clients through complex, multi-faceted matters.”
Mr. Childress earned his JD from The American University Washington College of Law and BS in Systems Engineering from George Mason University. Prior to law school, he was a systems engineer who specialized in software system requirements.