Washington Movers at Boeing and the Bar

James Koukios, Greta Lundeberg, and Warren Payne are profiled.


  James Koukios is a partner in the securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense practice group of Morrison & Forester. (Chet Susslin)James Koukios

Morrison & Foerster

Leaving the Justice Department wasn't an easy decision for James Koukios. Koukios, 40, had been at DOJ for 10 years, most recently as senior deputy chief of the agency's criminal fraud section. There, as the third-highest-ranking prosecutor, he helped the chief run the teams dedicated to foreign corruption, health care fraud, and securities and financial fraud.

"I had a great career and enjoyed every minute of it," Koukios says, "but it just came time, both personally and professionally, for a new challenge." Earlier this month, Koukios joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the firm's Securities Litigation, Enforcement and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice group. There, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, native will be "handling a broad range of white-collar and government-enforcement practices," defending clients in many of the same types of cases he once prosecuted.


  Greta Lunderberg is the senior director of international operations for Boeing. (Chet Susslin)Greta Lundeberg


When Greta Lundeberg left the staff of the National Security Council and joined Boeing last summer, it was a dream fulfilled for the Santa Cruz, California, native. "I wanted to work for a company like Boeing, an iconic American company I could be proud of," she says. This past February, Lundeberg, 35, began an expanded role with the aircraft-maker, as vice president of strategy and advocacy for government operations. The new job has her working to find interests in common with other industry stakeholders and teaming up with them to advance those policy priorities. Lundeberg also spearheads Boeing's third-party-advocacy development efforts and heads up its political action committee. What does the former special assistant to the president and senior director for legislative affairs at the NSC like about her new gig? "It's cool to be part of a company that actually makes things still," she says.


  Warren Payne is a senior advisor in the tax, government relations, and international trade practices for Mayer Brown. (Chet Susslin)Warren Payne

Mayer Brown

After serving in staff leadership roles on the House Ways and Means Committee for eight years, Warren Payne decided it was time to try his hand in the private sector. Last month, he joined tax firm Mayer Brown's Washington, D.C., office as a senior adviser in the Tax, Government Relations, and International Trade practices. It was a natural move from his perch as policy director at Ways and Means, the Youngstown, New York, native says. "I wanted to be able to continue to work in both the tax and trade world," he explains, and Mayer Brown has "strong platforms in both." Payne, 42, says his new role will largely entail "advising clients on policy matters for Congress in both the tax and trade space," and, he hopes, helping them "understand the Washington environment."