Steven A. Engel to be Nominated to Assistant Attorney General Role

February 01, 2017

In a statement released yesterday, the White House announced that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Dechert LLP partner Steven A. Engel to be assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. His appointment is pending confirmation by the United States Senate.

“Steve is a terrific lawyer who will be an outstanding asset to the administration,” said Dechert Chairman Andrew J. Levander. “He is well suited for the position and our country will benefit from the keen intellect, strategic skills and passion for the law that he will bring to the job.”

Prior to joining Dechert in June 2009, Engel served as deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he provided legal advice to senior policymakers on the most difficult and critical issues facing the Executive Branch, including matters pertaining to financial issues, national security, constitutional law, congressional oversight and executive orders.

A trial and appellate advocate, the 42-year-old Engel has appeared in courts across the country, handling a wide range of civil litigation matters, including in the areas of administrative, commercial litigation and securities law.

Engel, who clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for now-Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and on the U.S. Supreme Court for Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, has regularly argued in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the New York appellate courts, and handled appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, seven U.S. Courts of Appeal, and numerous state appellate courts. He is also a member of the pro bono panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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