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David L. Anderson, managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s San Francisco office, has been tapped as second-in-command to U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello in the Northern California district. Anderson, who previously served as a federal prosecutor from 1998 to 2002 before joining Pillsbury, goes back as 1st Assistant U.S. Attorney, with responsibility for overseeing 110-lawyer federal prosecutors office. Anderson, who has previously been in the running himself for the top prosecutor job, now gets a chance at hands-on operation of the office. “I think Dave is a fantastic pick,” said Rory Little, a criminal law professor at Hastings College of Law and a former prosecutor in the office. Given that the election is just a year away and both Russoniello and Anderson could be out if Democrats win the White House, Anderson’s decision to take the job “is a credit to his commitment to public service and Joe’s power of persuasion,” Little said. Russoniello, who served as U.S. attorney in the 1980s before leaving for Cooley, Godward, Kronish, was brought back to stabilize the office torn by internal strife and waves of resignations by experienced prosecutors under former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan. Whether the number two spot would raise Anderson’s chances of getting appointment to the top job, should the 66-year-old Russoniello leave before the end of his four-year term, is “interesting speculation, but who knows,” said Little. “You would not take the 1st assistant job with the expectation that it would lead to the U.S. attorney appointment,” he said. “For someone who would love to by U.S. attorney, this is as close as you can get without being U.S. attorney,” Little said. Anderson said, “I am inspired by the opportunity to work with Joe at an important time for the U.S. attorney’s office.” Russoniello said Anderson “is a person of extraordinary traits and accomplishments and we are honored to have him back.” Anderson was a judicial law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 9th Circuit Judge Clifford Wallace and from 1992-93 for Judge George H. Aldrich of the Iran-U.S. Court of Claims Tribunal in The Hague. He has managed Pillsbury’s 160-lawyer San Francisco office since 2005.

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