Obama lawyer Ruemmler likely returning to her former law firm


White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler will return to Latham & Watkins law firm in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In the world of law, you can come home again.

Departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler will return to private practice after she leaves the Obama team next month, and we’re hearing she’s headed straight back to Latham & Watkins, where she was partner for two years before she joined the new administration on day one in 2009.

Ruemmler was a white-collar defense litigator, a practice she plans to return to, before joining the Justice Department as an associate deputy attorney general. She’s been President Obama’s top lawyer since 2011.

According to reports, Ruemmler, who had tried to leave the White House months earlier but was urged to stay on, will practice in New York. Obama announced W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran Washington lawyer, as Ruemmler’s replacement a little more than a week ago.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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