Special counsel chosen for House special investigative committee

Special counsel chosen for House special investigative committee

An evaluation committee has selected Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the firm to assist in the Utah House of Representatives’ investigation of Attorney General John Swallow.

Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 800 lawyers and professionals in 18 offices in the United States and abroad. They are recognized for their strength in white-collar criminal matters, constitutional litigation, government ethics and congressional investigations, among other areas.

“The firm has strong experience right where we need it most,” said committee chairman Jim Dunnigan. “We’ll also have the benefit of an exemplary lead attorney in Steven Reich.”

In 2004, Mr. Reich served as special counsel to the Select Committee of Inquiry of the Connecticut House of Representatives formed to investigate then-Governor John W. Rowland. In 1998-99, Mr. Reich served as deputy chief investigative counsel to the Minority members of the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives during the impeachment of President Clinton, and thereafter as impeachment counsel to the minority members of the United States Senate during the President’s impeachment trial. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Reich was a senior official at the United States Department of Justice.

Mr. Reich will be joined by Steven Ross. Mr. Ross leads the Akin Gump congressional investigations practice and, for 10 years prior to joining the firm, was the general counsel of the United States House of Representatives. He is also nationally-known in the field of government ethics and has significant experience advising legislative bodies regarding their investigative authority.

Mr. Reich and his team are expected to begin work for the House committee upon completion of contract negotiations.


Joe Pyrah, Utah House chief deputy