Jeh Johnson, the former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, has rejoined his old firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a partner. In early December, Johnson notified President Obama that he would step down from his position at the end of 2012, after more than three years at the post. Johnson joins the litigation department, where he will resume his civil and criminal trial practice.
Elizabeth Ames Jones, the former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, has joined Patton Boggs as a senior policy adviser in the public policy and energy and natural resources practices. Jones served twice as the chairman of the commission, which serves as the main energy regulatory body in the state of Texas. The agency's responsibilities include the permitting of drilling for oil and natural gas, intrastate pipeline permitting and safety, ratemaking for investor-owned natural gas utilities, permitting of surface mining of coal, and the environmental protection of groundwater.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed has brought on Matthew Nicely as a partner to the firm's international trade practice. He was previously the head of Thompson Hine's international trade practice. Nicely advises clients on day-to-day regulation of goods, services, and cross-border investments, including customs, export controls, economic sanctions, anti-boycott and anti-bribery laws. He also represents clients in trade remedy proceedings.