Former Attorney General Mukasey Joins Law Firm
By Carrie Johnson
Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced this afternoon that he will join the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner, starting later this month.
The retired federal judge from New York will handle corporate investigations for the firm, where he will join a full roster of former government heavyweights, including onetime Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White and former U.K. Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.
Mukasey left his post as the nation's chief law enforcement officer last month after spending more than a year in Washington. Bipartisan groups of lawmakers praised him for limiting contacts between prosecutors and the White House and for helping to improve morale at a department that had been demoralized by hiring scandals under his predecessor, Alberto R. Gonzales. Mukasey previously had told reporters that he felt most strongly about having worked to develop new national security investigation guidelines for FBI agents and shepherding changes to a critical foreign surveillance law through the system.
As a federal judge, Mukasey developed expertise in terrorism, overseeing the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the Blind Sheik.
Mukasey said that the looks forward to working with lawyers at Debevoise, where he expects to work on behalf of corporate boards and oversee companies that have run afoul of the law as an independent monitor.
"His tenures on the bench, at the Justice Department and in private practice have all been characterized by his intelligence, principle and tireless energy," White said in a statement.
Posted at 3:26 PM ET on Feb 17, 2009
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