Former White House Counsel Gregory Craig has signed on to join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Washington office.
Craig's signing, which was first reported today on Above the Law, has been the most closely watched lateral move in the Washington legal community since Craig announced he was leaving the White House in November. At Skadden, he will lead the firm's newly formed global policy and litigation strategy practice group.
Before joining the Obama administration, Craig was a partner at Williams & Connolly.
Craig has also served under President Bill Clinton as assistant to the president and special counsel and represented President Clinton in his impeachment trial in the Senate. He was director of policy planning under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. And he worked for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as his senior adviser on defense, foreign policy and national security.
Craig left the White House after drawing fire for months for his role in the Obama administration's plan to close the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In October, The National Law Journal had a lengthy interview with Craig before he announced his resignation.