Mary Patrice Brown, who has worked at the Department of Justice for more than two decades, most recently as a top aide to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, is leaving the DOJ to become a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.
Brown will join the firm’s Washington office as a partner in the white collar-defense practice, the Blog of Legal Times reported. The BLT said she declined a request for an interview.
Since October 2010, Brown has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, headed by Breuer. She has overseen the Public Integrity Section and the Office of Enforcement Operations, which reviews federal electronic surveillance requests. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder put her in charge of the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility after the collapse of the case against Sen. Ted Stevens, the powerful Alaska Republican.
In installing Brown to the sensitive position, Holder lauded her as a person of “stellar reputation” and “highest integrity,” the BLT recalled.
Breuer said Brown was “an exemplary public servant, and has been for more than 20 years,” according to the BLT. She joined the DOJ in 1989, after working as a litigation assistant at the firm that is now Dickstein Shapiro.
Randy Oppenheimer, chair of O’Melveny’s litigation department, said that, since corporate enforcement actions are on the rise, “the demand for Mary Pat’s diverse and in-depth experience will continue to grow.” Daniel Bookin, who leads the firm’s white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice, said “we are fortunate to welcome to our ranks such a prominent and highly respected former prosecutor.”