Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is keeping more than a few Am Law attorneys busy in his quest to find a running mate.
, a former litigation associate at
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
and longtime Romney aide, has been tasked with conducting the former Massachusetts governor’s vice presidential search.
Myers, a principal with
The Shawmut Group
in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, did not respond to a request for comment about the vetting process. In one of her few public statements on the matter earlier this year,
that she was honored to handle the search for Romney.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, told The Am Law Daily in an email late Wednesday that it does not comment on vetting procedures. Romney’s wife
told ABC News on Wednesday
that her husband has yet to decide on a number two, and
The New York Times reported this week
that teams of lawyers and campaign advisers were poring over materials from potential candidates.
Romney, who received a joint JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, has personally reviewed some vice presidential applications, according to
. Leading candidates for the nomination include Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan
reportedly also in contention
But Myers is hardly the only member of Team Romney with Am Law ties.
, a former
associate, serves as general counsel for the Romney campaign, along with deputy general counsel and fellow Patton Boggs associate
, who is currently on a leave of absence from the firm. Benjamin Ginsberg, former national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and a top political law partner at Patton Boggs, serves as national counsel to Romney’s campaign. (Ginsberg also held that title in 2008 when Romney conceded to eventual Republican presidential nominee John McCain.)
Ginsberg did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment on the Romney campaign’s vetting process, and Biber and Sowards didn’t respond to emails seeking details on the lawyers involved.
, Gibson Dunn senior labor and employment partner William Kilberg, a former member of the firm’s executive committee, was named cochair of the Romney campaign’s labor advisory group. (Kilberg’s fellow cochair, former National Labor Relations Board chairman Peter Schaumber, left the Romney campaign earlier this year after the resignation of NLRB member Terence Flynn, who was accused in a
series of reports
by the agency’s inspector general
of leaking information to Schaumber and others when they were in private practice,
according to sibling publication Corporate Counsel
Other leaders of the advisory group include
White & Case
senior partner and white-collar practice head George Terwilliger III and
Kirkland & Ellis
partner Mark Filip, both former deputy attorneys general. Alice Fisher, a former assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division, is also a member of the group, which advises the Republican presidential candidate on rule-of-law matters. Fisher is the managing partner of
Latham & Watkins
‘s office in Washington, D.C.,
having returned to the firm in 2008