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Chicago � Paul J. McNulty, who resigned as the U.S. Department of Justice’s No. 2 official in May amid a congressional furor over dismissed U.S. attorneys, is joining the law firm Baker & McKenzie, the firm said in a release. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and jump in,” said McNulty, whose only other non-government experience was two years he spent at a predecessor to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in the mid 1990s. McNulty, who authored a controversial memo in 2006 on the federal prosecution of companies, will join the firm’s Washington office in the litigation practice and focus on work related to business crimes and investigations; corporate compliance; and risk management. He will also work with the firm’s global dispute resolution practice. He said he choose Baker & McKenzie over other firms because of its “practice was so broad and established around the world.” He also liked the positive personal fit that he felt with attorneys he met at the firm, he said. Baker & McKenzie, which was founded in Chicago, was ranked last year by The National Law Journal as the nation’s largest law firm with 3535 attorneys. As to what his new clients should make of McNulty’s legacy at the Department of Justice, he said he hopes they will be consider the full length of his 20 plus years of government service and put the recent U.S. attorney issue in perspective. “When you stay a long time in public service you’re going to have all kinds of experiences,” McNulty said in an interview. “Those who follow it closely I think understand what my role was in that.” McNulty, who was tapped for the deputy attorney general post in 2005 and was previously U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, also has 11 years of congressional experience and has worked in state government as well. During his work at the Justice Department, he chaired of President Bush’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, created in July 2002. The firm courted McNulty through partners who know him personally and it believes he will be “tremendously attractive to all of our major clients,” Baker & McKenzie Partner Nicholas Coward said in an interview. The firm isn’t concerned about McNulty’s role in the recent Justice Department imbroglio, he said. “We believe strongly that he has addressed the issues that have arisen in an honest and forthright manner,” Coward said.

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