Tom Perrelli, the former No. 3 at the Justice Department, has rejoined Jenner & Block LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office.
Perrelli, who departed in March, will head the firm’s new Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation practice group, the law firm announced Thursday.
The former Associate Attorney General served in his post from 2009 until March, overseeing all of the department’s civil litigation. Perrelli brokered the deal that created a $20 billion trust fund for victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. He also handled settlements with some of the country’s largest banks over allegations they mistreated customers with unlawful mortgage foreclosure policies. In addition, he helped resolve long-running allegations that the Department of Agriculture discriminated against black farmers in the loans process, negotiating a $1.25 billion settlement.
“I was fortunate to have many options coming out of Justice and am very excited to be returning to Jenner & Block,” Perrelli said in a statement. “With the extraordinary talent of its lawyers, especially in the areas of litigation, white collar, and internal investigations, the firm is an ideal fit for me to utilize my public and private experience to help clients advance their business objectives by finding creative solutions to their most complex legal problems.”
Perrelli, 46, is returning to Jenner & Block, where he began as an associate in 1992. He left the firm five years later to join the Justice Department as counsel to then-Attorney General Janet Reno. He was serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General before he returned to the law firm in 2001.
From then until his appointment in 2009, Perrelli’s practice focused on copyright and media law, in addition to intellectual property and anti-piracy litigation. He also represented the husband of Terri Schiavo, whose high-profile case focused on the right to control medical care dominated headlines across the country.
Perrelli is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a classmate of President Barack Obama. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University.