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Former U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan Jr. joins Chicago law firm

Focus on white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation

U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan, Jr. speaks at a news conference at the U.S. District Courthouse for the Northern District of
U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan, Jr. speaks at a news conference at the U.S. District Courthouse for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan Jr., who retired last week from the U.S. Department of Justice after 23 years, has joined Taft Law in Chicago as a partner in the firm’s white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups.

Deegan retired from federal service before the U.S. Department of Justice requested resignations earlier this month from federal prosecutors appointed by former President Donald Trump.

It is typical for incoming presidents to replace and appoint new top prosecutors in each district.

“Representing our nation has been the privilege of my lifetime, and it has been an honor to have been entrusted with that responsibility, Deegan, in a Taft Law announcement, said Monday. “I look forward to joining Taft and continuing to serve through private practice. Taft’s solid reputation and the opportunity to build upon the success of its white collar practice were compelling reasons in my decision-making process regarding the next chapter of my career.”

Deegan has extensive national experience in white collar litigation and corporate compliance after serving on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee for white collar fraud, Taft officials said in a statement. His background offers a unique understanding of how to navigate through complex investigations and prosecutions.

Deegan joins the ranks of other Taft attorneys who were previously with the Department of Justice in various roles. He brings an “exceptional breadth of capabilities to the firm,” after serving with the justice department and leading numerous federal prosecutions, including matters in white collar crime, financial fraud, banking and business crime, opioids and methamphetamine trafficking, and police misconduct, the announcement stated.

Deegan started his career in 1998 when he took a position in the district’s Sioux City office as a special assistant U.S. Attorney through the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. He then became an assistant U.S. attorney in 1999.

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Over the course of his department career, Deegan also served in the U.S. District of the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. From early 2015 until his confirmation as U.S. Attorney of this district in September 2017, he served as the chief of the criminal division for the Northern District of Iowa.

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