Jenner & Block announced today that Kali Bracey, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Torts Branch of the US Department of Justice’s Civil Division (DOJ) and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) lawyer, has rejoined the firm as a litigation partner in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Bracey joins the firm’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. She brings 20 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation, investigations and regulatory matters.
“Kali is an experienced litigator and we are proud that she chose to rejoin our team,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax. “Her complex commercial litigation and regulatory leadership as well as her knowledge of CFPB, in particular, will be beneficial to a broad array of our clients.”
As Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Torts Branch in the Civil Division at the DOJ, Ms. Bracey had litigation and policy oversight on major issues, including over drones and the US’ major toxic tort litigation. She oversaw four areas: Environmental Torts, Constitutional and Specialized Torts, Aviation and Admiralty, and the Federal Tort Claims Act. She also managed the government’s tort compensation programs, including the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, the Vaccine Compensation Fund and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Fund.
Prior to her position at the DOJ, Ms. Bracey held senior positions at the CFPB. In March 2012, she joined the CFPB as a senior counsel in the Office of Supervision Policy. In that role, Ms. Bracey helped to craft the first federal nonbank supervision program and also drafted rules defining nonbank markets for the CFPB to supervise. She worked in the areas of student lending, auto finance discrimination and debt collection. She went on to work for Director Richard Cordray as a senior advisor, advising him on policy and enforcement decisions arising from the Legal and Supervision Enforcement and Fair Lending Divisions. She also led a cross-CFPB group on auto finance discrimination.
Prior to joining the CFPB, Ms. Bracey was an associate and then a partner at Jenner & Block where she worked on a wide range of cases including white collar investigations on behalf of government contractors, SEC investigations, FOIA cases, business litigation, qui tam cases, and insurance coverage litigation.
“I was fortunate to have worked with Kali when we were both previously together at Jenner & Block,” said Thomas J. Perrelli, chair of the Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice. “Her private practice background, combined with her government experience drafting rules and working with top enforcement and supervisory decision makers, will provide valuable guidance to our clients.”
“I am looking forward to working alongside Tom and other great colleagues,” Ms. Bracey said. “I’m thrilled to return to Jenner & Block and build a premier litigation and investigatory practice that matches the firm’s renowned reputation.”
Ms. Bracey began her career as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she tried more than 20 cases to verdict, drafted appellate briefs, and argued an appeal. She clerked for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Spelman College.
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