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Attorney General Mims to private sector

Rosalind Helderman

Attorney General Bill Mims, a close ally to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, will become a partner at Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams at the end of his term in office in January. Mims took over the AG's office from McDonnell after McDonnell resigned to run for governor. He had preivously been McDonnell's deputy and is now serving as co-chair of the gov-elect's transition.

Per a release, Mims is joining the firm in Washington and Richmond in the administrative law group, government relations practice. The new gig means Mims will not become McDonnell's chief of staff or counsel, as had been one rumor for his landing place after Inauguration day.

It would not preclude him from an appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court, replacing Barbara Keenan, who has been nominated by President Obama for the federal bench and awaits confirmation by the Senate, Mims' other rumored landing pad.

"I am pleased to be joining Hunton & Williams," said Mims in a release from the firm. "I look forward to serving clients in Virginia, Washington, and nationwide. The firm's core values of excellence, integrity, and public service provide an excellent work culture."

"We are privileged to have someone of Bill's caliber join our firm," said Wally Martinez, the firm's managing partner, also in a release. "Bill will be representing clients whose interests are affected by the legislative and executive branches of various state governments and the federal government, particularly in health care, competition, consumer protection, and energy."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 10, 2009; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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