King & Spalding has announced that Catherine O'Neil, who most recently served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined the firm as a partner in its business litigation practice.
Ms. O'Neil was the principal staff person to Deputy Attorney General James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson on matters involving domestic and international drug enforcement, drug policy, anti-money laundering strategy and asset forfeiture. She will use this experience to counsel the firm's clients involved in complex civil litigation and government investigations.
While at the Department of Justice (DOJ), O'Neil served as the department's liaison to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Criminal Enterprise Section). She also served as the director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program and played a key role in developing and implementing DOJ's domestic drug enforcement strategy. In recognition of her work, O'Neil received one of DOJ's highest honors: the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Management.
Before working at DOJ in Washington, Ms. O'Neil served from 1995 to 2002 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. She tried a significant number of federal jury trials, including a precedent-setting case against a distribution of precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for which she received the DOJ's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.