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Chicago attorney Gil Soffer landed at Main Justice as counsel last week ahead of the man who steered him to the job and who is expected to be his next boss. Mark Filip — a federal judge in Chicago tapped last November to become the next deputy attorney general — still awaits a full Senate vote on his nomination. Filip and Soffer, who was a partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman specializing in white-collar criminal and civil litigation, know each other well from their days as federal prosecutors in the Windy City. Soffer replaced Joan Meyer, who left Feb. 15 to become a partner at Baker & McKenzie. Meyer is following her ex-boss, former Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, who resigned last year amid the U.S. attorney firings scandal to join Baker. “The firm recruited her, and I participated in the process,” McNulty says. Meyer assisted McNulty in drafting the 2006 memorandum that carries his name and restricts prosecutors’ requests for waivers of attorney-client privilege in major fraud investigations. Meyer, who will join the firm on March 3, was most recently a senior aide to Acting Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and provided advice on policy and litigation matters involving identity theft as well as fraud in the corporate, procurement, and health care arenas. She was previously a federal prosecutor in Michigan before joining Main Justice in 2005. Meanwhile, Andrew Lourie, chief of staff to Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, departed last week to join Kobre & Kim, a litigation boutique with offices in New York and the District. A former federal prosecutor, Lourie was tapped in 2001 and 2006 to serve as acting head of the public integrity section at Main Justice. His replacement has not been named.
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez can be contacted at [email protected].

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