Former Assistant Attorney General Elisebeth C. Cook, who worked her way up through the Justice Department’s Legal Policy Office during the second term of the George W. Bush administration, has moved to the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.
Cook came to the Office of Legal Policy in 2005, rising to Deputy Assistant Attorney General in 2006.
In 2008, the Senate confirmed her as Assistant Attorney General for the office, charged with advising Attorney General Michael Mukasey and other senior officials. She also worked as a Regulatory Policy Officer for the department.
Cook helped develop the FBI’s current domestic operating guidelines, the Attorney General Guidelines for Domestic FBI operations and other legislative initiatives, including the reauthorization process for the USA PATRIOT Act.
Before joining the department, Cook worked as a litigator for the Washington firm Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, working on trial and appellate litigation, particularly in constitutional law. She was also a partner at the Illinois firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.
At WilmerHale, Cook will focus on civil litigation, administrative action and legal policy, according to a release.