McGuireWoods has added Patrick Rowan, former assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department, to the firm’s government investigations department in Washington. Rowan will focus his practice on representing clients clients before various agencies, including Justice.
An 18-year DOJ veteran, Rowan’s most recent post had him oversee the department’s National Security Division, where he led the coordinated nationwide counterterrorism enforcement program and managed the government’s practice before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He also oversaw the department's review of foreign acquisitions of United States companies through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. His term expired in January.
Rowan also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. from 1991 to 2002.
He says he expects to see an increase in work related to national security in the coming years as more and more companies increase their global footprint.
“There is a long term trend of criminalizing regulatory regimes, and I expect the enforcement trend to continue with the new administration,” Rowan says. “At the end of the day, it’s all about protecting national security.”