Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has continued the expansion of its White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations team with the addition of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Porter. He joins as a partner residing in the firm’s Chicago office.

As a prominent federal prosecutor, Mr. Porter investigated, prosecuted and supervised all aspects of federal criminal cases, including racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, health care fraud and violent crime.

During his 15 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Porter oversaw more than 100 investigations and tried more than 30 federal jury trials and two federal bench trials. His record includes the investigation and prosecution of more than 100 Chicago Latin King members and their associates, and the prosecution of former Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak for wire and mail fraud.

“Andrew brings significant first-chair trial experience to the firm and his stature in the business and legal community furthers the firm’s overall strategic plan to expand our white collar team and the Chicago office,” said Andrew C. Kassner, Chairman and CEO of Drinker Biddle. “His knowledge of sophisticated investigative and litigation matters will be of great value to our clients and we’re excited to have him join the firm.”

Most recently, Mr. Porter was a partner at Schiff Hardin where he concentrated his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and corporate compliance. He also handled complex commercial litigation matters involving high-stakes disputes about trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract, consumer class actions, and director and officer liability.

“The deep and substantive experience Andrew developed as an assistant U.S. attorney adds depth to our expanding white collar team and enhances our overall litigation team based in Chicago.” said Michael W. McTigue Jr., Executive Partner and Chair of the Litigation Group. “Andrew is a talented and passionate trial lawyer who has worked closely with our white collar lawyers in Chicago, including Dan Collins and Jeff Perconte, making him a great addition to the team.”

Mr. Porter earned his law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and received his B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.