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CHICAGO — Winston & Strawn partner William Sullivan didn’t take on the defense of former federal prosecutor Robert Convertino as just another client when Convertino stood trial last month on charges that he concealed evidence in a 2003 terrorism case. It turns out that Sullivan and Convertino worked together as assistant U.S. attorneys in Washington back in the 1990s before Sullivan left for a New York firm and Convertino went to work for the Justice Department in Detroit. During their 8-month stint together at Justice, the two joined forces on several cases and have remained friends since then. Sullivan, with the blessing and resources of his firm, decided to take the case on a pro bono basis after talking to Convertino about the charges, Sullivan said. Sullivan, who joined Winston & Strawn in 2004, now has another mark in his win column after winning acquittal last week for Convertino, who was charged by federal prosecutors with concealing a photo of a hospital that might have aided the defense. “There was no evidence that Mr. Convertino had any intention or made any effort to hide or conceal the photo,” Sullivan said. “He was simply overwhelmed working a huge case single-handedly.” Convertino has hung out his own shingle as a defense attorney in Plymouth, Mich., practicing under the name Convertino and Associates.

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