A former White House deputy counsel has moved to Bingham McCutchen's Washington office, the firm announced this week.
John Schmitz, who worked in the George H.W. Bush administration, joins Bingham as a partner in its global regulatory and transactional practice. Schmitz also joins the firm's subsidiary called Bingham Consulting.
Most recently, Schmitz was the managing partner of Schmitz Global Partners, which provided legal and consulting services. He was formerly a partner with Mayer Brown from 1993 to 2009, and was the founding partner of the firm's Berlin, Germany office.
Schmitz, a registered lobbyist, said in an interview that he is excited by the firm's expansion plans in Europe and specifically, Germany. He added that his new job blends his law and lobbying practices. "It's providing a total solution for clients that also mirrors a lot of what I like to do," Schmitz said.