Emmet Flood represents individuals, corporations and professional services firms in complex white-collar matters, Congressional investigations, professional liability disputes, and other high-stakes litigation and crisis situations. He has tried criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration, and has represented clients in investigations conducted by grand juries, Independent Counsel and Special Counsel, multiple federal agencies, state agencies and attorneys general, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Mr. Flood spent two years in the White House Counsel’s office, where he had lead responsibility for directing responses by the administration of President George W. Bush to hundreds of Congressional investigations and other inquiries.
In his civil practice, Mr. Flood has served as lead plaintiffs’ counsel in trial court matters involving trusts and estates, ERISA, takings, and professional malpractice, and as defense counsel in complex commercial, securities, professional liability, regulatory and tax matters. He has represented religious institutions in litigation involving the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, and has handled many domestic and international arbitrations and related litigation. Mr. Flood has also argued numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Flood grew up in two Chicago suburbs, Oak Park and Riverside. He graduated from the University of Dallas, magna cum laude, in 1978, then spent a year teaching English in a Dallas high school before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1986.
Mr. Flood continued as a post-doctoral fellow at Wesleyan University before entering Yale Law School, where he received his J.D. and was Executive Committee Coordinator of the Yale Law Journal. Mr. Flood clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court of the United States before joining Williams & Connolly LLP in 1994.
In early 2007, Mr. Flood left the firm to become Special Counsel and later Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush.
Yale Law School, J.D., 1991;
The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., 1986; M.A., 1981
University of Dallas, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978