Hughes Hubbard & Reed has picked up former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri John Wood as a partner in the firm's litigation practice in Washington. Wood started work at the firm on Monday.
Wood, who served as U.S. attorney from 2007 until Feb. 28, will focus his practice on internal corporate investigations and advising clients on issues stemming from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
"With the change in administration, I figured it was time to make a change," Wood says. He says U.S. attorneys were asked by President Barack Obama to stay on for a period of time, which he says was helpful in easing the transition to his acting successor, Matt Whitworth, who had been Wood's first assistant U.S. attorney.
While U.S. Attorney, Wood says he oversaw a number of cases with a strong international element to them, including charges of importation of tainted pet food ingredients from China; alleged money laundering by former Rep. Mark Deli Siljander (R-Mich); international tax fraud; and steroid trafficking.
"We had a really surprising number of cases with an international focus even though Kansas City is almost the exact center point of the country," Wood says. "That background really fits well with Hughes Hubbard's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice."
Prior to his stint as U.S. attorney, Wood served as chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security under former Secretary Michael Chertoff. (Chertoff recently joined Covington & Burling. Click here for more on that). He has also served as deputy associate attorney general and counselor to the attorney general at the Justice Department. At the White House, Wood served as deputy general counsel for the Office of Management & Budget.