Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has tapped attorneys from Jones Day and Holland & Knight to replace the legal team handling state and federal investigations over his alleged acceptance of improper gifts.
Jones Day managing partner Stephen Brogan and Holland & Knight white-collar defense and investigations team chairman John Brownlee will head McDonnell's new legal team, according to Rich Galen, the communications adviser to the governor's legal team. He said that additional attorneys from both firms added to the team, but was unable to provide additional names. Neither Brogan nor Brownlee responded to a request for comment.
Williams & Connolly partner Emmet Flood, who initially represented McDonnell, departs from the team.
Brogan was partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Washington office from 1989 to 2002. His broad litigation practice includes corporate criminal investigations, products liability and independent counsel investigations. He has represented companies including General Motors Corp., The Gillette Co., General Electric Co. and Bridgeston/Firestone Inc.
Before joining Holland & Knight in 2009, Brownlee was the U.S. attorney for Virginia's western district from 2001 through 2008. He ran against and lost to Ken Cuccinelli, then a Virginia state senator, in the Republican primary for state attorney general. Galen said that Brownlee "gives a Virginia context to this that can be extremely valuable."
One of Brownlee's most headline-grabbing cases involved the alleged misbranding of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma L.P. The company entered into a nonprosecution settlement and agreed to pay $634.5 million in fines. The government maintained that the company misled doctors and patients about the addictiveness of the drug.
Purdue CEO Michael Friedman, general counsel Howard Udell and medical director Paul Goldenheim were subsequently barred from doing business with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 12 years in addition to paying hefty fines. In July 2012, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned part of the penalty.