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Boris Bershteyn Joins Skadden Arps
Boris Bershteyn is leaving the Obama administration and rejoining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the NY Times reported on Monday. Bershteyn had held several senior posts at the White House and the Office of Management and Budget. He would be advising clients on regulatory and enforcement actions at Skadden.
Skadden’s global head of litigation, David M. Zorrow said in a statement that Bershteyn’s “skills and insight” would enhance the law firm’s capacity to respond to the “increasingly complex global regulatory environment and high-stakes disputes across jurisdictions…”
Mr. Bershteyn’s last job was that of the acting head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. His office was in charge of reviewing all significant regulations made by the executive branch of the government, including regulations on health care, financial services and energy.
Before heading the regulatory affairs office, Bershteyn was general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. He led the office’s legal team during 2011, and served as associate White House counsel in 2010 and 2011.
Bersheteyn was born in Ukraine, but grew up in California. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter on the United States Supreme Court. He also clerked under Judge Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
He worked at Skadden before joining the Obama administration and is returning to the same law firm.
Bershteyn has been close to the administration and is one of the most respected legal minds when it comes to government regulations and their application or interpretation. At Skadden, besides advising clients, he would also be handling appellate matters.
Among other positions of trust, Bershteyn had also led the Obama administration’s initiative to create greater international cooperation in regulatory matters.