At first glance, the members of former President Donald Trump’s legal team in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents investigation don’t have much in common. As of early September, they include lawyers with vast experience in federal investigations and lawyers with none. However, they’re linked by the all-encompassing nature of their representation, which may help explain why more top-flight Big Law criminal defense litigators haven’t accepted the potentially career-defining opportunity.

Former Foley & Lardner partner Christopher Kise underscored that point last week when he resigned his position at the Am Law 100 firm to join Trump’s legal team, which is defending the former president in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation over the handling of classified documents that Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving the White House.

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