Jenner & Block provides ex-CIA lawyer, EDNY prosecutor in D.C.

  • Shreve Ariail was CIA deputy GC for litigation and investigations
  • He reunites with former colleagues from the Eastern District of New York

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(Reuters) – Jenner & Block mentioned Monday that Shreve Ariail, a former prosecutor within the Eastern District of New York who most just lately served as a deputy basic counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, has joined the agency as a accomplice in Washington, D.C.

Ariail is the seventh former authorities official to affix the Chicago-founded agency this yr. He mentioned after 14 years as a profession prosecutor and a lawyer for the federal authorities, he was able to return to non-public observe.

“The overlap in opportunity at Jenner in investigations, national security, government controversy and cyber, and the experience that I bring from CIA and the Eastern District of New York, made the choice to return pretty compelling for me at this time,” Ariail mentioned.

He mentioned he additionally appeared ahead to reuniting with former EDNY colleagues, together with Jenner companions David Bitkower and Katya Jestin.

He joins the agency as a member of a number of practices, together with investigations, compliance, and protection; authorities controversies and public coverage litigation; information privateness and cybersecurity; and the nationwide safety, sanctions, and export controls observe that Jenner launched in June.

“Shreve has proven to be thoughtful, careful, and strategic over the course of his career in public service,” Bitkower, a co-chair of Jenner’s investigations, compliance and protection observe and chair of its information privateness and cybersecurity observe, mentioned in a press release. He mentioned Ariail will probably be “a key resource” for purchasers going through authorities enforcement and nationwide safety considerations and congressional scrutiny.

As deputy basic counsel for litigation and investigations on the CIA, Ariail acted as counselor and authorized advisor to the company’s management, oversaw its involvement in felony instances introduced by the Department of Justice, and supervised its position in affirmative and defensive civil issues.

Before that, he served for a decade as an assistant U.S. lawyer for the Eastern District of New York, together with as chief of the organized crime and gangs part. Ariail additionally investigated and prosecuted terrorism issues, together with a task within the authorities’s case in opposition to senior al-Qaeda member Ibrahim Harun for conspiracy to homicide American army personnel in Afghanistan and conspiracy to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. Harun was convicted in 2017.

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Office of the law firm Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly