Jenny A. Durkan stepped down as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington at the end of September and, on January 7, 2015, joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP as a partner. The firm announced it was opening an office in Seattle, and that Durkan would be based there. She became a member of NAFUSA today.
Durkan will serve as Global Chair of the Cyber Law and Privacy Group, and join the firm’s White Collar & Corporate Investigations practice. Duran was in the first group of six U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Obama in May 2009; she was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in September 2009. During her five years as U.S. Attorney, Durkan was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, and chaired its sub-committee on Cybercrime and IP Enforcement. She served on the DOJ’s Cyber Advisory Committee and IP Enforcement Taskforce, and co-chaired the Taskforce’s criminal and civil enforcement working groups. In addition to Seattle, Durkan will practice out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Durkan is Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Washington. Before serving as the U.S. Attorney in Seattle, Durkan was known for her work in noteworthy litigation, including serving as trial counsel to defend Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in the disputed election re-count of 2004.
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