David Anderson, Sheila Armbrust and Kevin Rubino all left government to rejoin a law firm they’d been at before their public-sector service: Sidley Austin. Both Armbrust and Anderson, who returned to Sidley in 2021 after stints as federal prosecutors in Northern California, said they looked around at other opportunities and received at least informal interest from other firms.

But ultimately they pointed out Sidley’s familiarity and its people as the key reasons for their return. ”For me, it is that teamwork,” said Armbrust.