Robert F. Muse for Broadwell
Robert F. Muse of Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone has represented his fair share of Washington figures under fire. Add Paula Broadwell, who returned home to Charlotte on Sunday, to that list. Muse served as staff attorney for the Senate Watergate Committee and has been counsel to both Democratic and Republican senators. Muse represented Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) when he resigned from the Senate in 1995 under threat of expulsion amid reports that he had sexually harassed female staffers. Muse also has served as counsel to lawyers in the Justice Department in various investigations and has handled numerous criminal cases involving classified information.
In a Monica Lewinsky link, Muse’s law partner Jacob Stein represented the intern during the Clinton impeachment saga. Muse will be working the case with Joshua Levy, also a partner at the firm. Levy has developed an expertise in representing corporations and individuals during congressional committee inquiries and investigations.
Judy Smith for Kelley
Judy Smith, the crisis manager who is the inspiration for the ABC drama aptly named “Scandal,” is playing a role fit for the television series. Smith is repping Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who befriended the Petraeus family. Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, sent her up to 30,000 pages of e-mails, some of which were reportedly of an inappropriate nature. After Kelley began receiving the anonymous e-mails from Paula Broadwell, which have been described as threatening, Kelley went to the FBI.
Smith’s roots in Washington are deep. She came to notice representing Monica Lewinsky in the Clinton impeachment scandal. It was Smith who hid Lewinsky from the media (on some days by having her volunteer at a church’s homeless outreach program). And it was Smith who fielded reporters’ questions on Lewinsky’s behalf as the story roiled on.
Abbe D. Lowell for Kelley
On the legal front, Jill Kelley has hired Abbe D. Lowell, who was lead counsel to former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) in his recent trial. Lowell successfully defended Edwards against allegations that he had used campaign funds to cover up his relationship and child with Rielle Hunter. Lowell heads the white-collar and special litigation practice at Chadbourne & Parke and has argued that the Justice Department “spent more than three years and millions of dollars to invent a criminal theory of campaign-law violations to pursue someone who was basically trying to hide an extramarital affair.” Lowell also represented former senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), who resigned last year amid investigations into a sex scandal, and former congressman Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who came under heavy media scrutiny amid investigations into the death of Capitol Hill intern Chandra Levy when it was revealed that he had had an extramarital affair with her. Let’s just say sex scandals are nothing new to Lowell.
Gloria Allred for Khawam
Gloria Allred fashions herself a “feminist attorney,” and before being enlisted to represent Natalie Khawam, she said she thought the women who have been caught up in the web of this scandal were being treated unfairly in the media. Allred, who is as much a spokeswoman as an attorney for her clients, loves the spotlight. She has been in the news in recent years for her pro-bono representation of a woman who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment, and last month unsuccessfully argued that a judge should lift a confidentiality agreement that prevented the ex-wife of the founder of Staples from talking about her divorce and Mitt Romney’s business dealings with the office-supply chain store.
At the Tuesday afternoon news conference with Khawam, Allred said she couldn’t speak for others wrapped up in this incident, but she seemed to channel them. “It is just a very difficult thing to wake up and find out that this is what’s happening in your life,” Allred said shortly before ending the presser. “Everything that is said has an impact on her life.”