Since Robert Mueller was named special counsel to head the Justice Department's widening Russia investigation, President Trump and his administration began a hiring blitz of personal lawyers to shield them from possible exposure – as witnesses or subjects. Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/28/donald-trump-and-team-hire-team-lawyers-russia-investigation/430381001/
Marc Elliot Kasowitz is an American trial lawyer and partner of the New York-based law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, which he co-founded in 1993. He is a personal outside attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump. On May 24, 2017, Kasowitz was retained to represent Trump personally in connection with investigations into the role of Trump's presidential campaign in Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. Kasowitz also represents several Russian clients with close ties to Vladimir Putin.
According to a May 23, 2017 article in Forward, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman has been a "go-to source" for Donald Trump for decades.He has represented Donald Trump in his divorce proceedings, bankruptcy cases,Trump University lawsuits, during the 2016 presidential campaign regarding sexual misconduct allegations,and during the Trump presidency in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
In Spring 2017 Kasowitz reportedly told associates that he had been personally responsible for the abrupt dismissal of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on March 11, 2017, having previously warned Trump, "This guy is going to get you".
According to U.S. court records, Kasowitz’s clients include the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close associate of Vladimir Putin and a business partner of Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Kasowitz also represents the Russian state-owned bank Sberbank.
Bowe, a partner in Kasowitz's New York firm, has broad experience on white-collar matters. Described the firm as the "consummate on -your-feet courtroom lawyer", Bowe was part of the legal team that represented former accountants for singer Rihanna who were sued by the entertainer for alleged malpractice.
Jay Alan Sekulow is an American attorney and Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ). He also hosts a talk show, which airs on radio and television. Sekulow is a frequent guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel.
Since June 2017, Sekulow has been on President Donald Trump's personal legal team that is charged with advising the President while there is an investigation into possible collusion with members from his 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
Also in June 2017, The Guardian reported that Sekulow's "approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses".
John M. Dowd is an American lawyer, former U.S. Attorney, and former marine. His expertise in the law field focuses on white-collar crime. He took the main role in several baseball investigations with the most notable being the Dowd Report in 1989.
Dowd has set up his own practice, John M. Dowd, in Washington, D.C.
Since June 2017, Dowd has been a part of President Donald Trump's personal legal team that is charged with advising the President while there is an investigation into possible collusion with members from his 2016 campaign and the Russian government
Richard Cullen is a former Attorney General of Virginia and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Currently, he is the chairman of McGuireWoods LLP.
As a partner with the firm, he has represented high-profile clients such as former U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay and Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.
On June 15, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence hired Cullen as his own personal criminal defense attorney in matters relating to investigations of the Trump administration.
Jamie S. Gorelick is an American lawyer who served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1994 to 1997, during the Clinton administration. She has been a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr since July 2003 and also serves as a director of Amazon.com since February 2012.
Gorelick served on British Petroleum's Advisory Council, as their top legal counsel after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was appointed by former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle to serve as a commissioner on the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which sought to investigate the circumstances leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and also served as Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae.
Gorelick represented Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, as he considered a possible role in the White House. She had advised Kushner, who has sprawling financial interests in a multi-billion-dollar global real estate empire, on how he might comply with federal ethics and anti-nepotism laws. She has argued that although officials leading federal agencies are barred from hiring relatives, the White House is not an agency and thus exempt. Gorelick argued that if Kushner forgoes a White House salary, he would not be bound by federal nepotism rules. Though Kushner has no experience in government or public policy, Trump directed that during his Presidential transition all foreign-policy matters be relayed through Kushner. Kushner participated in meetings between Trump and foreign heads of state while continuing to run the Kushner Companies.
Abbe David Lowell is an American defense attorney who was Chief Minority Counsel to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives during the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the Lewinsky scandal.
Lowell worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, including a stint as an assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center and Columbia University.
Lowell has defended political figures including John Edwards, Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski, Charles Keating,Gary Condit, former Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, U.S. Rep. Joseph McDade and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. As of June 2017, Lowell is representing Jared Kushner in inquiries linked to Russia.
Lowell was part of the defense of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department contractor who pleaded guilty to a felony count of disclosing classified American intelligence on North Korea.
He is currently a partner at the firm of Chadbourne & Parke. He has appeared in the media as a legal affairs expert.
Kelner heads the Election and Political Law Practice Group at Washington's Covington & Burling Law firm. He specializes in politically related criminal defense matters.
Charles 'Chuck' J. Cooper is an appellate attorney and litigator in Washington, D.C., where he is a founding member and chairman of the law firm Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. He was named by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 best civil litigators in Washington.
Cooper has more than 25 years of legal experience in government and private practice, with numerous cases in trial and appellate court. He has argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court..
Member of the Republican Party, Cooper started working in 1981 in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. In 1985 he was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, United States Department of Justice during the Reagan administration.
After his government service, in 1990 he entered private practice in the office of McGuire Woods. He worked there until co-founding Cooper & Carvin, now known as Cooper & Kirk, in 1996. His practice is concentrated in constitutional, commercial, and civil rights litigation.
Charles has been retained by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions for counsel in response to the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.