Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Margaret Daum, who most recently served as Democratic Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has joined the firm as a partner.
Ms. Daum, who has spent more than a decade managing and conducting investigations on behalf of the leading investigative committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, is a key addition to the firm as it seeks to build upon its ability to assist clients in responding to congressional inquiries, which are on the rise with Democrats now in control of the House. Based in Washington DC, she will be part of the firm’s Global Public Policy Practice and work closely with its Litigation and Government Investigations & White Collar Practice Groups.
In her most recent role, Ms Daum set the investigative, legislative, and policy agenda for all matters within the Committee’s jurisdiction. During her time in the Senate, including while serving as Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, she oversaw more than 100 hearings and directed ground breaking investigations into the sales and marketing practices of opioid manufacturers, drug pricing, sex trafficking, the cable and satellite industry, sexual assault at colleges and universities, and the recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“Margaret has earned an impressive reputation for her track-record leading some of the Senate’s largest investigations and will be an incredible asset to our clients. We are delighted to have her on the team.” said former Senator and co-chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ Public Policy Practice John Breaux.
Ms. Daum joined the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (now the House Oversight and Reform Committee) as counsel in 2007, working for then Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) where she specialized in oversight and investigations of waste, fraud, and abuse in private sector entities. This includes investigations into the 2008 global financial crisis, deficient electrical systems and accidental electrocutions in Iraq, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, Alaska Native Corporations and Defense and Homeland Security acquisitions.
In 2009, Margaret moved to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where she served as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. In 2015, she became Minority Staff Director of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (the most powerful Senate investigatory committee—now chaired by Senator Rob Portman).
Commenting on her move, Ms. Daum remarked, “I am thrilled to join a firm with such an exceptional global policy and investigations team. The opportunity to grow the firm’s congressional oversight and investigations practice is exciting and timely.”
Robert Kapla manages the Global Policy Practice and said, “Congressional inquiries can have serious implications for entire industries. Margaret’s unique expertise in both the House and Senate makes her a valuable asset for any business that needs to anticipate, prepare for and successfully respond to even the most challenging congressional investigation.”
Before entering government service, Ms. Daum worked as an associate at White & Case LLP in New York. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2003, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 2000.