Robert Walker, former chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Ethics Committee, will join Wiley Rein’s election law and government ethics and white-collar defense practices on June 9. Walker will be of counsel.
Walker, who has spent more than 20 years working in government, also formerly held a similar position with the House Ethics Committee. He is the only person to have led the staff of both committees and was the first nonpartisan staff chief to serve in the House Ethics Committee. At Wiley Rein, he will provide counseling, investigatory, and litigation services to corporate clients and government officials, focusing on government ethics, lobbying compliance, and white-collar defense matters.
Walker, who says he is excited to be entering the private sector, knew joining Wiley Rein’s election law and government ethics practice, was the “way to go.”
“Over the past 10 years, I have had the unique experience and privilege of leading the staffs of first the House and then the Senate’s ethics committees. With the increasing focus on government ethics and lobbying compliance matters, I wanted to apply my experience and knowledge to new challenges and opportunities,” Walker says.
Walker is also a former federal prosecutor. He has previously worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, and a staff attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division.