The attorney who represented Neil Cohen at his arraignment today on child pornography and official misconduct charges is a Washington power lawyer who is a partner at Vinson & Elkins, a 700-lawyer international firm. Mark H. Tuohey is a former federal prosecutor who served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General, as Deputy Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation, and as Chairman of the commission that returned major league baseball to Washington, D.C. and built a new stadium for the team. According to the firm website, Tuohey “concentrates his practice in complex civil and criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations and compliance programs. His practice is largely devoted to representing corporations, their officers and directors, and individuals in civil and white-collar criminal litigation, internal corporate investigations, and Congressional investigations.”
Tuohey’s partner in the Washington office of Vinson & Elkins is Mark Lawler, who represented then-Gov. James E. McGreevey in August 2004 when Golan Cipel threatened to file an sexual harassment lawsuit against the governor. It was Lawler who called the FBI to file an extortion complaint. Lawler also represented McGreevey during the probe of a former Democratic fundraiser, David D’Amiano.