Updated 2:50 p.m.
Gary Grindler, a former King & Spalding partner in Washington who took a supervisory role in the Justice Department's Criminal Division earlier this year, was named the next acting deputy attorney general today.
Grindler will replace Deputy Attorney General David Ogden upon his resignation Feb. 5, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement today. Ogden is planning to resume his partnership at in the Washington offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
“Gary is a great asset to the Department, and I am pleased he has agreed to take on this responsibility,” Holder said in a statement. “He will be instrumental in our work to keep the American people safe, ensure the fairness and integrity of our financial markets, and restore the traditional missions of the Department.”
Grindler, who rejoined the Justice Department in March, was not immediately reached for comment this morning. He said in a statement that he is honored to work in his new capacity: “I look forward to assisting the Attorney General in moving the Department forward.”
Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, called Grindler a fine public servant and lawyer. The attorney general "has once again demonstrated his terrific judgment. You can't do better than Gary," Breuer said.
Until Feb. 5, Grindler will serve as principal associate deputy attorney general.
This is not Grindler’s first stint at the Justice Department. He has previously served as principal associate deputy attorney general, counselor to the attorney general and deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Division. Grindler has also been a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and in the Northern District of Georgia.
At King & Spalding, Grindler’s practice focused on white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation.