Jeannie Rhee, 2020 Woman Lawyer of the Year
Jeannie Rhee is the 2020 WBA Woman Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Rhee is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The award will be presented at the organization’s Annual Dinner on May 20, 2020, in Washington, DC. The Annual Dinner theme is “Building Community, Building Power.”
Ms. Rhee has been instrumental in a variety of investigations and cases that have become part of our national zeitgeist. In May 2017, Ms. Rhee joined Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office as lead prosecutor to guide the team investigating Russian cyber, social media, and intelligence efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. While there, she was able to secure two indictments, as well as the prosecution of Roger Stone and guilty pleas from Michael Cohen and George Papadopoulos.
A dedicated public servant, Ms. Rhee also served as a deputy assistant attorney general in former Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, and as a clerk for Judge Stanley Sporkin on the District Court for the District of Columbia and then for Judge Judith Rogers on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
A Partner in the Litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Ms. Rhee tries civil, white-collar and regulatory matters, handles complex anti-corruption and other sensitive internal investigations, and advises clients in cybersecurity and data-privacy matters.
Ms. Rhee was born in Korea and immigrated to the United States at a young age. Since 2016, Ms. Rhee has been a member of the Council of Korean Americans, which advances the national voice and influence of the Korean American community through collaboration and leadership development. In June 2019, Bloomberg Law’s Big Law Business noted Ms. Rhee plans to help continue to advance diversity and the role of women in the profession, quoting her as saying, “It’s just a part of who I am. It’s something that has mattered a great deal to me in the past and it will continue to matter to me.”