Behind Munger Tolles' Surprising Big Bet on DC

Former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, one of the highest-ranking lawyers of the Obama administration, isn’t interested in one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest traditions: taking it easy after a stint in government. Instead, his choice—to found a D.C. office for Munger, Tolles & Olson—is an uncommon one. Verrilli, perhaps best known for defending President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court, must build not just a book of business, but a broader practice area and an entire office, from scratch.

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