Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler may be a New York institution, but the nomination of Michael Mukasey for U.S. attorney general may well put the law firm on the national map.

Mukasey, President Bush’s pick to replace Alberto Gonzales, most recently comes from the 174-lawyer firm, which he rejoined as a partner a year ago after serving as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The move was his second to Patterson Belknap, where he started in 1976 after serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York handling corruption matters.