Former Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as a partner in the Global Litigation Group and the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice in the firm’s Washington office, Cadwalader announced Monday.
Gansler will also lead the firm’s State Attorneys General practice.
Formerly a partner at Buckley LLP in Washington since 2015, Gansler will work at Cadwalader with clients facing inquiries from state attorneys general. He will also handle litigation involving data breaches, cybersecurity and privacy matters, the firm said.
“I’m looking forward to digging deeper into issues that companies may have in Maryland going forward with the state AG’s offices or litigation in general,” said Gansler, who served as Maryland attorney general from 2007 to 2015.
Gansler said he made the jump to Cadwalader because he sought to work for a firm with a “broader platform.” Cadwalader, one of the oldest law firms in the country, was established in 1792.
Gansler emphasized that his 22 years of government service prepared him to represent “some of the biggest and best financial institutions” when they face inquiries from state attorneys general.
“I’ll help work with the company to make sure they are in compliance,” he said.
Pat Quinn, managing partner at Cadwalader, said Gansler’s experience will be a boon to the firm, whose clients face regulatory scrutiny that, increasingly, comes from state attorneys general, as well as from federal regulatory authorities.
“Today, almost every industry faces heightened regulatory scrutiny in their business – from cybersecurity and data privacy concerns to evolving financial regulatory and consumer protection issues,” Quinn said, adding that Gansler’s credibility among state attorneys general nationwide will help the firm’s clients.
Gansler is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law.