Jennifer Taylor, former federal prosecutor in the fraud section of DOJ's Criminal Division, has joined McDermott as a partner in the firm’s Washington office. During her seven years at the agency, including five as special prosecutor, Taylor focused on securities, bank and procurement fraud as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.
In an interview, Taylor said that the firm was a “good fit” for her practice. “You’re defending and working with the government,” she said of her work at McDermott. “It will be different. I’m looking forward to it.”
Since September, McDermott has taken on several former government officials. Other notable laterals include Jay Eizenstat, former trade negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and Glenn Engelmann, the former vice president and general counsel of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Paul Thompson, co-partner in charge of the firm's Washington office, said the lateral hiring will continue. “We have been extraordinarily active over the last few years and will only pick up,” Thompson said. “That leads to a need to recruit top talent. We are not done yet.”
Bobby Burchfield, the other D.C. co-partner in charge, said the firm has been using strategic laterals to boost its white-collar, FCPA, securities and health care practices.
In October, the firm is moving a new D.C. office at 500 N. Capitol Street, N.E.