The bidding war is over: Former Solicitor General Paul Clement , one of the most highly prized legal catches coming from the Bush Administration, has decided to return to the Washington, D.C., office of Atlanta-based King & Spalding.

“We are very pleased to welcome our former colleague and friend Paul Clement back to King & Spalding,” said J. Sedwick (Wick) Sollers, managing partner in the D.C. office, in a statement Thursday morning. “Our clients and growing appellate practice will benefit greatly from Paul’s vast knowledge and experience before the U.S. Supreme Court, and before appeals courts nationwide.” Clement headed the firm’s appellate practice before becoming deputy solicitor general in 2001.