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CHICAGO — Eric Sussman, the lead federal prosecutor for the Conrad Black trial in Chicago, is looking to leave the U.S. Attorney’s Office and is surveying his options for moving to a firm in the city and is in preliminary discussions with some firms. Sussman, who has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago for nine years and last month saw the Black fraud case through to sentencing, said now was a good time to make a transition in his career. In addition to his white-collar prosecution work, Sussman, 38, has done regulatory work in his role as the office’s liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I’d like to do a mix of civil and white collar” work at the new firm, Sussman said in an interview. While he declined to say which firms were on his short list, Sussman said he would consider returning to Sidley Austin, where he was a lawyer for three years before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At Sidley, Sussman also worked on product liability issues, he said. Scott Lassar, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago who hired Sussman, is now a partner at Sidley. Lassar wasn’t available to comment. As for the other three federal prosecutors who were on the Black prosecution team, Julie Ruder said she’s staying put although she will have fulfilled her four-year commitment to the office come March. Edward Siskel, who has only been in the office 2 1/2 years, isn’t going anywhere either, he said. Jeffrey Cramer, who has been with the office in Chicago for the past six years, declined to comment.

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