Court Grants Ex-Gonzales Chief Of Staff Waiver to Practice in DC
By Andrew Ramonas | August 24, 2022 12:27 pm

D. Kyle Sampson, chief of staff to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, received an unusual waiver from the D.C. Court of Appeals that allows him to practice law, while the Justice Department criminal probe into the politicized hiring and firing in the Bush DOJ continues, The National Law Journal reported today.

D. Kyle Sampson (Hunton & Williams)

D. Kyle Sampson (Hunton & Williams)

The D.C. Committee on Admissions has not approved Sampson’s bar application because DOJ investigators said he broke federal laws and misled government officials, according to the NLJ. He appealed the panel’s decision to the D.C. Court of Appeals, which ruled that he could practice law in Washington until a final decision was reached on his bar application, the NLJ said.

Sampson resigned from his Bush administration post in March 2007 after public outcry over the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys. Connecticut Acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy is currently investigating whether politics improperly influenced the U.S. Attorney firings.

The former Bush official was set to join the D.C. Bar in summer 2008 but the probe into the Bush DOJ gave the D.C. Committee on Admissions second thoughts, according to the NLJ. Sampson, a member of the Utah Bar, was then forced to go on leave from his partnership at Richmond, Va.-based law firm Hunton & Williams in 2008 because there is a limited amount of time a lawyer can practice in Washington without a membership to the D.C. Bar, according to the NLJ.

Sampson returned to Hunton & Williams earlier this summer. He specializes in Food and Drug Administration regulatory and enforcement issues at the firm.



  1. Isidoro Rodriguez, Esq. says:

    “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice …”– U.S. vs. Jannottie, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (3d Cir. 1982).

    Regarding the surreal expansion of government immunity for malfeasance, tort and torture, by the courts in collusion with DOJ for accountability, I note that in 1995 I argued and won in the U.S. Supreme Court, Martinez v. Lamagno and DEA, 515 U.S. 417 (1995), where DOJ under Eric Holder surreally argued that a DEA agent outside of the US was not negligent for causing a car accident while driving drunk and having sex.

    Thus, it is very odd and a bit cynical that Holder will determine if those involved in torture will be prosecuted!!

    Because of the evidence of malfeasance of the Federal Judicial Branch conspiring within criminal collusion with Beltway Lobbyist/Attorneys and government attorneys (i.e. Eric Holder) to obstruct my rights as a father I have filed Federal Criminal Complaints under RICO in Virginia, D.C., Colorado, NY, and Pennsylvania (See; and

    I note that I opposed Holder’s nomination and confirmation as Attorney General based on the above record of malfeasance. (see

  2. James Helenthal says:

    Does anybody know how long of a period of time can a lawyer practice in Washington without a membership to the DC Bar? The grace period? And if there is a grace period, does one need to immediately, at least, apply for membership, in the interim?

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