Wall Street Journal
By Laura Meckler
May 02, 2017
Paul Rosen, a former federal prosecutor and Obama-era chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security, is joining the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring as a partner.
It’s his first private sector law job after 12 years in government, including stints working for the courts, Congress and the Obama administration. He plans to focus his practice on white-collar defense, crisis management, cybersecurity and data privacy.
At the Homeland Security department, Mr. Rosen handled hot-button issues as chief of staff for Secretary Jeh Johnson, including the agency’s response to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, domestic and international terrorist attacks, the Zika and Ebola outbreaks and the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzmán. His work also included advising on national security issues, border and aviation security, trade and travel, and immigration and visa policy.
Some of the crises were more of a surprise than others—like when a protester flew a gyrocopter to the U.S. Capitol in 2015.
“When a gyrocopter landed on the Capitol lawn, there was an immediate question of how do you deal with it from a security perspective?” he said. After that, he said he helped lead the review of rules and regulations governing the air space, rules of engagement for any future incidents and how to secure the space from drones and other unmanned vehicles.
Now he plans to offer advice on crisis management, cybersecurity, national security, government contract disputes, criminal investigations and other matters.
“Paul’s understanding of government controversies – including investigations and prosecutions – and how to respond to them on behalf of clients is a significant asset for those facing all manner of legal crises,” Angela Styles, chair of Crowell & Moring, said in a statement.
Before joining DHS, Mr. Rosen spent four years at the Justice Department, where he prosecuted sophisticated financial crimes. In the private sector, he will defend clients against similar prosecutions and counsel clients before problems arise “to help them have policies and practices to avoid government scrutiny in the first place.”
Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Rosen worked on Capitol Hill as counsel for then-Sen. Joe Biden on the Judiciary Committee. His new job brings him back to his hometown of Los Angeles, where he attended law school at the University of Southern California and served as a federal law clerk.
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