W. Neil Eggleston, a 1978 graduate of Northwestern’s School of Law, has been named the new White House counsel by President Barack Obama.

Eggleston has been a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Washington, DC, and New York offices, regularly advising corporations and corporate boards on a wide range of legal issues, including corporate governance, civil litigation, internal investigations, and allegations of fraud.

Eggleston has represented a number of high-profile public figures, including the former White House chief of staff in the prosecution of the former governor of Illinois, the Office of the President of the United States in the Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation, a secretary of labor in an Independent Counsel investigation, a secretary of transportation in a Department of Justice investigation, and U.S. senators in ethics inquiries.

“Neil Eggleston’s commitment to public service is legendary,” said Law School Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. “I can think of no one more qualified to advise the president on the most important policy questions and legal issues of our day.”

Eggleston has been a member of Northwestern’s Law Board since 2000, a group comprised primarily of its alumni who are law firm, corporate, and civic leaders, which assists in framing the basic direction of the school and monitors the implementation of strategic plans. The Law Board also supports and advises the dean, the administration and the faculty in areas including curriculum, faculty, financial support, research, admissions, employment, student life, planning and resource allocation.

“Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials and experience to our team,” President Obama said in a statement. “He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

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