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ENRON PROSECUTOR JOINS IRELL IN L.A. LOS ANGELES � John Hueston, the government prosecutor who co-led the Enron Task Force prosecutions of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, will join Los Angeles’ Irell & Manella next month. Hueston will be a partner in the litigation practice. “At Irell, the mainstay of the work is bet-the-company litigation,” Hueston said Wednesday. “It’s a tight-knit group focused on the most significant business trials and it’s that platform I thought would be the most satisfying and challenging for my own work.” Hueston, 42, has been a government prosecutor for 12 years. His handling of Enron witnesses, and his cross-examination of Lay in particular, garnered widespread praise. Wayne Gross, chief of the Orange Country U.S. attorney’s office said that “taking the stand against John is like agreeing to play one-on-one with Michael Jordan in his prime.” At Irell, he will join six other former assistant U.S. attorneys and is expected to take a leadership role in securities cases, white-collar crime and intellectual property matters. Irell Managing Partner David Siegel said Hueston will add more depth to a growing bench of trial lawyers at Irell. He’ll also be active in the field of corporate internal investigations. Hueston said he’s eager to make an impact on the private sector: “A couple of years ago it was hard for me to imagine finding the same kind of fulfillment I have as a prosecutor, but after Enron, it’s clear I can have an impact on the private sector.”

Kellie Schmitt

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