WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2008) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Pamela Marple, a partner in the Firm’s Trial Department, has been named to a special Impeachment Task Force by the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The task force is charged with investigating allegations against Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana who was referred to Congress for possible impeachment earlier this year.
This assignment will build on Ms. Marple’s substantial experience, which includes five years as a trial attorney at the U.S. Justice Department, ten years in private practice and three years in the U.S. Senate leading investigations as Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel to Senate committees.
"This is a great opportunity for me to build on my congressional investigation experience while working with House members and their staff to fulfill Congress' constitutional role in the impeachment process," commented Ms. Marple. "I look forward to joining the three other special counsel and beginning this investigation."
Abbe D. Lowell, head of McDermott’s Washington, D.C. White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group, said, "Pam is among a handful of people in Washington who knows the ins and outs of dealing with the legal and political issues at the intersection of Congress, the Executive Branch and the Judiciary. This is quite an honor for her and the Firm to be able to be part of this effort."
The special task force assigned to the investigation, which was authorized by the House of Representatives in September 2008, will be led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) as its Chairman and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) as its Ranking Member.
At the Firm, Ms. Marple's practice involves all aspects of civil litigation, as well as white-collar criminal proceedings and government investigations. She frequently represents clients during concurrent proceedings that include a variety of litigation matters as well as government actions. Her high profile clients have included major insurance and other companies and their executives, performing artists, prominent law firms and their founders, lobbyists, and members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.