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Adrian King Jr. has spent a little less than three years representing the state of Pennsylvania’s interests with important topics such as the burgeoning gaming industry and public safety. But in a scenario all too common for Philadelphians who take high-level state government positions, King tired of the commute to Harrisburg and missed spending time with his wife and two young daughters. So next month, he will return to Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, where he spent a year before leaving to become deputy chief of staff to Gov. Edward G. Rendell. King most recent position has been as director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). Though King left Ballard Spahr in January 2003 as an associate, he returns as a partner in the business and finance department with a host of additional contacts. “I live in Chestnut Hill with my wife and my two daughters who are 6 and 4,” King said. “It’s been a long two and a half years of not being at home. I started talking to [Ballard Spahr chairman] Arthur [Makadon] in February but in February, the head of PEMA resigned and the governor asked me to head that agency. So I did that until we felt comfortable that there was a suitable replacement. “I think Ballard Spahr is a perfect platform for me. And I think I bring an interesting perspective after working for the commonwealth for the last few years.” Read more about it in Thursday’s Legal.

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