Pillsbury has recruited former federal prosecutor Kimberly D. Jaimez as a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice in Los Angeles. Jaimez was most recently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, having served two years in the General Crimes section and five years in the Major Frauds Section. At Pillsbury, Jaimez plans to focus on corporate investigations, government enforcement, white-collar defense and general litigation.

“The demand for Pillsbury’s outstanding litigators—particularly in connection with white-collar matters and government investigations—has been increasing rapidly and we are thrilled to add someone as talented as Kim to our strong and growing team,” said Deborah Baum, the leader of the firm’s global litigation practice. “Having overseen a wide-range of high-profile cases during her time at the Department of Justice, Kim adds significant depth, breadth and reach to our corporate investigations, white collar defense and general litigation capabilities, affording clients even greater support in Los Angeles and across the firm.”

During her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Jaimez investigated and prosecuted international money laundering schemes, healthcare fraud schemes, embezzlement, wire fraud, mail fraud, drug conspiracies and assault cases, including a high-profile cyber extortion and blackmail case that was widely covered in the press. Her work in Major Frauds included a complex, multiyear investigation and indictment of the 1-800-Get-Thin founder for a $250 million fraudulent billing scheme involving fake sleep studies and medically unnecessary lap band surgeries. Jaimez also prevailed in a number of matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals while serving as a federal prosecutor.

Prior to working for the Department of Justice, Jaimez was in private practice at Skadden, where she spent more than five years in the complex bankruptcy and business litigation practice representing bank agents, private equity clients, companies and individuals in confirmation disputes, intercreditor disputes, claims litigation, breach of fiduciary duty claims and adversary proceedings.

Jaimez said: “I am honored to join Pillsbury’s talented team of trial attorneys, who are fearless in going to trial but also poised for problem solving. In returning to private practice, I wanted to join a firm known for both trial advocacy and creative solutions. Pillsbury is exactly that. The breadth of Pillsbury’s capabilities across industries and practices, its supportive culture, and institutional emphasis on collaboration provide firm clients with the staunchest advocacy possible. I look forward to working with Aaron Dyer in Los Angeles and all my other new colleagues to further solidify Pillsbury’s reputation as the firm clients turn to when the stakes are highest.”

Pillsbury’s litigation practice has grown significantly in 2021. To date this year, the firm has added oil and gas litigation partners Tony Guerino and Liz Klingensmith in Houston, international arbitration partner Derek Soller in New York, complex commercial litigator partners William Bosch and retired Judge James Catterson in DC and New York, and former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General and white collar and internal investigations partner Patrick Hovakimian in DC.

Pillsbury’s award-winning team of more than 200 litigators works with clients around the world to help them successfully resolve disputes, in trial and out of court, at home and in jurisdictions around the globe. The firm has garnered dozens of top-tier recognitions as a result of its exceptional litigation prowess, and was most recently recognized as one of the ten most feared law firms for litigation by BTI Consulting Group.