SAVE THE DATE – A conversation with John R. Lausch, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
John Lausch is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, having served in that role from 2017 to 2023 during the current and prior presidential administrations. He led an office of more than 300 employees, including approximately 155 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who investigate and prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent federal agencies in affirmative and defensive civil litigation. Under his leadership, the office successfully conducted significant prosecutions in the areas of public corruption, national security, financial fraud, violent crime and drug trafficking. Mr. Lausch served on the United States Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), which consists of approximately 15 United States Attorneys who advise the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Department of Justice nationwide. Mr. Lausch also handled special projects for three Attorney Generals, to include conducting the initial investigation into the alleged mishandling of classified documents by the former Vice President and current President of the United States to inform the decision to appoint Special Counsel; and leading the Department of Justice’s efforts to provide materials to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee related to the FBI’s investigation of the former Secretary of State’s alleged mishandling of classified information.
Mr. Lausch is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations and Litigation practice groups.
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