Gus Coldebella, former acting general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, has rejoined Goodwin Procter’s Washington office as a partner. He will specialize in securities litigation and congressional investigations and advise clients about securities regulations.
Coldebella was a partner in Goodwin’s Boston main office when he was appointed deputy general counsel of the agency in October 2005. President George W. Bush nominated him to be general counsel in July 2008. He served as acting general counsel from February 2007 to January 2009.
During his first month with the agency, Coldebella handled congressional investigations into the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He said his experience with that investigation is “one of a lot of experiences that will help build the practice.
Coldebella is also a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.
Coldebella started as a summer associate in the firm’s Boston office in the summer of 1993 and spent 11 years with the firm before being tapped to join DHS.
“It was an honor to be at DHS at such an important time, but I'm very happy to be back at Goodwin -- the very place where I started my legal career,” he said.