Jenner & Block has named a new managing partner for its Washington office, the firm announced Wednesday.
David DeBruin, co-chair of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice and a 26-year veteran of the firm, takes over for Michael DeSanctis, managing partner since 2009. DeSanctis will remain a member of the firm’s management committee and continue to serve as co-chair of the election law and redistricting practice.
DeBruin focuses his practice on complex Supreme Court and appellate litigation, securities fraud and white collar criminal defense. He has handled matters before the Federal Election Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the former Interstate Commerce Commission, among other agencies. He also served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee in 1986, during the impeachment proceedings of Judge Harry Claiborne.
“It will be a lot of additional work and some challenges, but it will be very exciting,” DeBruin said in an interview. “Trying to grow thoughtfully and carefully is important, but you have to hold true to what has made the office strong and great through the years."
DeBruin said he would work to continue the firm’s commitment to public service.
“When I step into the position, it will be to continue the work that we have accomplished,” DeBruin said. “It is not to radically change what we have.”