Alston & Bird today announced that Thomas G. Walker, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Litigation & Trial Practice Group.
Walker concentrates his practice in the areas of government investigations, internal corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense. He will be based in the firm’s Raleigh and Charlotte offices.
“Thomas is an extraordinarily talented attorney, a dedicated public servant and a leader of considerable experience and skill,” said William Jordan, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of its Litigation & Trial Practice Group. “It is with great pride that we welcome Thomas back to the firm after his distinguished service as U.S. Attorney.”
As U.S. Attorney, Walker oversaw all federal criminal and civil matters in the 44 eastern counties of North Carolina. He handled a broad range of complex matters – from national security and False Claims Act (including health care fraud), to wire and mail fraud and environmental protection.
“Throughout his tenure as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Thomas Walker has proved himself to be a consummate public servant and an exemplary law enforcement officer,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement following Walker’s resignation in December.
Walker’s service as U.S. Attorney marks the most recent chapter in a remarkable career in public and private service. At the time of his appointment as U.S. Attorney by President Obama in 2011, Walker was a partner at Alston & Bird, where he had worked since 2003. Prior to that, he served as special counsel to North Carolina Attorney General Roy A. Cooper from 2001 to 2003. He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1994 to 2001 and an Assistant District Attorney for Mecklenburg County, NC, from 1990 to 1994.
Walker joins a number of former state and federal prosecutors who have established successful practices at Alston & Bird in recent years, including: William Jordan, George Abney, Jeff Belkin, Mike Brown, Mark Calloway, Craig Carpenito, Tom Feddo, Dan Jarcho, Ted Kang, Mitch Mitchelson, Bruce Pasfield, Kim Peretti, Spence Pryor, John Snyder, Jeff Tsai and Kyle Wallace.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to add another former U.S. Attorney to our practice,” said Matt McGuire, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Raleigh office. “Thomas brings incredible investigative and trial experience to our clients and adds tremendous bench strength as we continue to expand and strengthen our white collar, state AG and related practices, as well as our North Carolina litigation team.”