DOJ veteran Grider takes on crisis management role at Brown Rudnick

Brown Rudnick has recruited Justice Department veteran Mark Grider to lead its government crisis management response team in Washington, the law firm announced Monday.

Grider previously worked in the Trump White House and spent two decades in the Justice Department. He joins Brown Rudnick of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he led the firm’s Crisis Management and Congressional Investigations practice.

Grider will also partner with Brown Rudnick’s white-collar defense, investigations and compliance practice. He will represent clients in False Claims Act matters, consumer fraud litigation, crisis management litigation and federal criminal investigations, the firm said.

Steve Best, president of Brown Rudnick’s white-collar defense practice, said in a statement that the firm is “further expanding our federal government investigative capabilities” with the hiring of Grider.

Earlier this year, Rudnick hired former Norton Rose Fulbright partner Jeffrey Cottle as his white-collar defense sparring partner. Cottle, a former vice president of BAE Systems Inc., was also a partner at Steptoe & Johnson.

Grider held various positions for 20 years at the Department of Justice. Most recently, he was an assistant attorney general, responsible for criminal matters involving the antitrust and civil divisions, the consumer protection branch, the environment and natural resources division, and the tax division.

Previously, he was a district attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and served as the department’s special advisor on health care and co-chaired the department’s task force on health care fraud.

He worked in the Office of the White House Legal Counsel for two years ending in 2020, where he advised on oversight and regulatory matters involving federal agencies.

From 2014 to 2016, Grider served as Deputy General Counsel to the House Select Committee, helping manage the Congressional investigation into the attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

He served as a legislative aide to Republican Sen. John Ashcroft (Mo.) between 1998 and 2001. Grider also spent nearly three years as Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction at the Justice Department.

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