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Sally Yates        

Lawyer & Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Sally Yates is a lawyer who is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations practice. She served as a United States Attorney and later as the United States Deputy Attorney General, having been appointed to both positions by President Barack Obama.

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump and the departure of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Yates served as Acting Attorney General from January 20, 2017, until being dismissed by President Trump on January 30, following her instruction to the Justice Department not to defend Trump's immigration-related executive order in court.

In her work as a partner at King & Spalding, Yates focuses on counseling clients in complex and sensitive matters, including government enforcement and regulatory matters, compliance, corporate governance, and crisis management. Drawing upon her nearly three decades at the Department of Justice, she specializes in internal and independent investigations for public and private organizations and boards.

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