Updated 2:40 p.m.
The former executive director of the Obama administration’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force will join Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone next month.
Michael Bresnick, appointed to the post by Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in 2011, was a top advisor to senior U.S. Justice Department officials on financial fraud investigations and prosecutions. Bresnick officially left DOJ August 1. He will join the boutique firm's Washington office.
President Barack Obama started the task force in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis to investigate and prosecute fraud. In 2012, under Bresnick's guidance, the task force established the consumer protection working group to tackle consumer fraud.
In remarks this week, Holder said Bresnick "played an indispensable role in leading interagency efforts to ensure stability and fairness in our financial and housing markets—while holding accountable those who take advantage of their fellow citizens."
Before leading the task force, Bresnick was a federal prosecutor in the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney's Office, where he worked on cases that included health care fraud, public corruption, racketeering offenses and financial fraud. Bresnick also worked for a time, before government service, at Weil, Gotshal & Manges' New York office, where he focused on white collar, bankruptcy litigation and business litigation matters.
In a statement, partner Pat Cipollone called Bresnick "a seasoned litigator with broad experience and a long record of accomplishment."
Bresnick did not immediately respond to a request for comment.