Paul W. Butler has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the firm's white collar criminal defense practice in Washington, DC. In addition to representing clients in Department of Justice and other criminal and civil investigations and litigation, Mr. Butler will counsel clients on national security and Department of Defense-related issues.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Mr. Butler served as the special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. As the secretary's chief of staff, he developed and implemented the Defense Department's policies, programs and goals, including defense policy and strategy, intelligence, budget programming and execution, and personnel and readiness issues.
Previously, Mr. Butler served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense and as deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict (SO/LIC), in which capacity he advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense on policies and plans related to the global war on terrorism and represented the Defense Department in U.S. government interagency meetings, before Congress and in negotiations with foreign governments.
Earlier, Mr. Butler worked for four-and-one-half years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, prosecuting terrorism, organized crime and white collar fraud cases. He was one of the trial prosecutors in United States v. Usama Bin Laden, et al.,the U.S. government's indictment of the leadership of al Qaeda prior to the 9/11 attacks, which resulted in the convictions after a six-month trial of four defendants for their roles in the attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
Mr. Butler received the Defense Department's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Justice Department's Distinguished Service Award and the Central Intelligence Agency's Seal Medallion Award.