WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2013) - King & Spalding has recruited John A. Drennan, an accomplished and experienced litigator, as a counsel in its business litigation practice in its Washington, D.C., office. Drennan joins King & Spalding after nearly a decade and a half in government service at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, most recently as the former assistant general counsel in charge of significant litigation at Homeland Security. 

"John has cultivated diverse experience in the civil and criminal divisions of the Justice Department, as well as in complex and sensitive litigation matters at the Department of Homeland Security," said Robert E. Meadows, leader of the business litigation practice group at King & Spalding. "We are excited to welcome John to the firm. His deep and broad experience in all types and phases of litigation will be invaluable to our clients."

Drennan will focus on business litigation matters. In addition to his role as chief of significant litigation at Homeland Security, he served as deputy chief counsel for enforcement and incident management at that department's Transportation Security Administration. At the Justice Department, Drennan served as counsel for the Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division. He was also a trial attorney in the DOJ's Criminal Division (appellate section), its Office of Intelligence and its Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch).

Drennan has briefed and argued over 30 cases in the federal courts of appeals, drafted over 30 merits briefs, amicus briefs, and petitions for writs of certiorari in the Supreme Court and litigated multiple complex and sensitive matters at the trial level. He was a member of the Enron Task Force and prosecuted the highest ranking members of the former Enron Corporation.

"I am extremely pleased to return to private practice with a litigation firm as well-respected as King & Spalding," said Drennan. "I am excited to be working with the business litigation team's talented and exceptionally experienced lawyers and contributing to the further expansion of the practice." 

Drennan earned a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School, M.A. degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan, and a B.A. degree from Reed College.

King & Spalding's business litigation practice is recognized in the United States and internationally for its ability to successfully litigate the most difficult, high-stakes cases. The firm's litigators have the trial skills, experience, creativity and insight to handle the most complex class actions, multi-jurisdiction litigation, insurance coverage claims, business torts, government investigations, post-closing and other commercial disputes. In the last five years, members of the practice have appeared as lead counsel in state and federal courts located in all 50 U.S. states, all of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, national and international arbitration panels, national and international government agencies and alternative dispute resolution panels and tribunals.

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