The Vatican’s counsel of choice isn’t a partner at some Am Law 200 shop, but a solo practitioner in Berkeley, Calif. In recent weeks, Jeffrey Lena increasingly has served as unofficial spokesman and strategist for the Vatican in the U.S.

The Associated Press reports that Lena increasingly is acting as unofficial spokesman and strategist for the Holy See here in the U.S. But Lena, 51, is not interested in the added attention the assignment carries. Worried about threats against himself and his family, he declined to be photographed for the story and has moved his small office to an undisclosed location in Berkeley.

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