Posts Tagged ‘Anjali Chaturvedi’
Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Ron Machen, a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, is nearing the finish line.

Two people familiar the situation tell Main Justice that the former federal prosecutor had his interview at the Justice Department earlier this week. If all went well, he is virtually guaranteed the nomination for the U.S. Attorney post in the District of Columbia. (For an inside look at the interview process, click here.)

Machen declined to comment.

Machen worked in the Fraud and Public Corruption and Homicide sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 2001. At Wilmer, he has represented a slew of high-profile clients, including Boeing Co., CitiGroup Inc., and Mitchell Wade, the defense contractor who pleaded guilty to bribing then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.).

In August, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton submitted a slate of three names to the White House. Nixon Peabody partner Anjali Chaturvedi and Fried Frank partner Michael Bromwich are also among the finalists, though news reports pegged Machen as the early favorite.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

After we broke the news earlier this week of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s recommendations for U.S. Attorney — she slipped three names to White House in late August — her office issued this news release Wednesday:

In response to speculation about the name of the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, the Office of Eleanor Holmes Norton today said that several weeks ago the Congresswoman gave her recommendation to the President, and she understands that the President has made his choice. Norton interviewed several candidates before making her recommendation.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is a presidential position, and the choice and the nomination will be his,” Norton said.

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Barack Obama’s choice — or at least the front-runner, according to The Washington Post and The Washington Examiner — is Ron Machena partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and a former federal prosecutor in the District. We’ve written about his candidacy here and here.

According to The Post, Machen was Norton’s first choice. (She also recommended Anjali Chaturvedi, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, and Michael Bromwich, a partner Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.) Sources told the newspaper that Machen is being vetted and will likely be nominated if he passes his background check.

The White House said no decision has been made.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Anjali Chaturvedi (Nixon Peabody)

Anjali Chaturvedi (Nixon Peabody)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has recommended three former federal prosecutors – Anjali ChaturvediMichael Bromwich and Ron Machen – for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, according to various people familiar with the process.

We previously reported here that the three lawyers interviewed with Norton, after her 17-member commission narrowed the field of U.S. Attorney applicants. Norton sent her recommendations to the White House in late August, according to one person. The process has been airtight, so bear with us.

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

Two people told us that Chaturvedi, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP who specializes in government investigations and complex civil and criminal matters, made the cut. She has a combined 12 years experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney on both the East and West coasts. She was chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and deputy chief of the Felony Trial Section in the D.C. office.

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Another person familiar with the matter indicated that Bromwich was on the list. A former Justice Department inspector general, Bromwich now heads the internal investigations, compliance and monitoring practice group at at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Bromwich was an AUSA in the Southern District of New York in the 1980s and later served as associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra.

And three people told us Norton recommended Machen, a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  Machen worked in the Fraud and Public Corruption and Homicide sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 1997 to 2001. At Wilmer, he has represented a slew of high-profile clients, including Boeing Co., CitiGroup Inc., and Mitchell Wade, the defense contractor who pleaded guilty to bribing then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.).

Absent from the list, apparently, is Channing Phillips, a veteran prosecutor and acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. We could not confirm whether Phillips interviewed with Norton in August, but he enjoys strong support within the office.

Phillips joined the office in 1994 as a line prosecutor. In 2004, he was tapped as principal deputy assistant attorney general, the office’s No. 2. Phillips was also the office’s chief spokesman. He was named acting U.S. attorney in May, after Jeffrey Taylor stepped down for a position at Ernst & Young.

Norton’s recommendations cap the local phase of the selection process, which began in April. Phillips, Chaturvedi and Bromwich declined to comment. Machen could not be reached.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is the largest in the country, with more than 350 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and more than 350 support staff. The office prosecutes federal and local crimes.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

UPDATE (8/27 12:33 p.m.): We have another finalist! We’re told Fried Frank partner Michael Bromwich, the former Justice Department inspector general, has also interviewed with Norton. For our previous story on Bromwich’s candidacy, click here.

And in case you missed our earlier update, we answered a question that has long eluded us: whether Norton will fetch up one name to the president or several. A Democratic source with knowledge of the process said there would be multiple candidates submitted to the White House. In the past, Norton only forwarded one candidate.

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Anjali Chaturvedi (Nixon Peabody)

Anjali Chaturvedi (Nixon Peabody)

The U.S. attorney selection process in the District is winding down. The local nominating commission has made its recommendations to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and she recently interviewed two candidates, Nixon Peabody partner Anjali Chaturvedi and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Ron Machen, according to people familiar with the situation.

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

We’re told Channing Phillips, the District’s acting U.S. attorney and longtime principal assistant U.S. attorney, is still in the running, but it’s unclear whether he’s met with Norton. Phillips declined to comment while “this process is still ongoing.” Machen also declined to comment, and Chaturvedi did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment.

Phillips took over as the District’s top prosecutor in May, after Jeffrey Taylor stepped down for a position at Ernst & Young.

A lingering question is whether Norton will submit one name to the White House or several. In the past, she plucked her favorite from the commission’s slate and forwarded it to the president. (She selected Attorney General Eric Holder for the post in 1993 and Wilma Lewis, now an assistant secretary at the Department of the Interior, in 1998.) Norton’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

UPDATE (8/27 10:11 a.m.): A Democratic source with knowledge of the process said there would be multiple candidates submitted to the White House.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is the largest in the country, with more than 350 assistant U.S. attorneys and more than 350 support personnel. The office prosecutes federal and local crimes.

The 17-member nominating commission, assembled by Norton, began accepting applications for U.S. attorney in April and interviewing candidates in May. We previously reported the names of three other candidates who put in for the job, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Austin Jr, Fried Frank partner Michael Bromwich, and Shanlon Wu, of Wheat Wu.

Let’s take a quick look at our finalists.

Anjali Chaturverdi:

  • Chaturvedi (Cornell, Georgetown Law) is a partner at Nixon Peabody, specializing in government investigations and complex civil and criminal matters.
  • Spent 12 years as a federal prosecutor on both the East and West Coast. (She was chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and deputy chief of the Felony Trial Section in the D.C. office.)
  • Handled more than two dozen jury trials as a prosecutor.
  • Was counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Recently defended former Applix, Inc., CEO Alan C. Goldsworthy against allegations of accounting fraud.

Ron Machen:

  • Machen (Stanford, Harvard Law) is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department and Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group.
  • Joined the firm in 1993 but left to clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Was a federal prosecutor in the D.C. office from  1997 to 2001. (He worked in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and the Homicide Section.)
  • Handled more than 20 jury trials as a federal prosecutor.
  • Has represented a number of high-profile clients at Wilmer, including Boeing Co., CitiGroup Inc., and Mitchell Wade, the defense contractor who pleaded guilty to bribing then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.).

Channing Phillips:

  • Phillips (UVa, Howard Law) is currently the district’s acting U.S. attorney.
  • Joined the office in 1994 as line prosecutor.
  • Spent four years at Main Justice as a trial lawyer in the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.
  • Served as chief of staff and special counsel to the District’s top prosecutor before then-U.S. Attorney Ken Wainstein tapped Phillips as principal assistant U.S. attorney in 2004. Taylor, who succeeded Wainstein, kept him in the office’s No. 2 position.
  • In addition to helping the U.S. attorney manage day-to-day operations, Phillips was the office’s chief spokesman.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s nominating commission has been quietly reviewing applicants for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia since April, and I’ve reported the names of five who have been interviewed. Yesterday, a person with knowledge of the process told me of a sixth: Fried Frank partner Michael Bromwich, who served as the Justice Department’s inspector general during the Clinton administration. (Bromwich declined to comment.)

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

Michael Bromwich (PBS.org)

Bromwich, who heads the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring practice group, brings some heavy credentials to a mix that includes Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Austin Jr.; Nixon Peabody partner Anjali Chaturvedi, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Ron Machen; Channing Phillips, the District’s acting U.S. attorney; and Shanlon Wu, of Wheat Wu.

Chaturvedi, Machen, and Wu were all AUSAs  in the District. Bromwich was an AUSA in the Southern District of New York in the 1980s and later served as associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra. At Fried Frank, Bromwich splits his time between the firm’s New York and D.C. offices, and since 2002, he’s been the independent monitor for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department on use of force issues. Click here for his firm bio.

In late May, the 17-member commission tasked with reviewing candidates for U.S. attorney began interviewing the candidates, one of the final stages before the body makes its recommendations Norton. Still unclear is whether Norton will forward all of the commission’s recommendations to the president or pluck her favorite from the list. Her office has repeatedly declined to say, and my former colleagues at The National Law Journal wrote earlier this year that Norton and the White House could be in a bit of a  row over the issue.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Pauline Schneider, who chairs the commission, could not be immediately reached.