After a public extramarital affair and his acquittal of violating campaign finance laws, John Edwards reportedly is returning to plaintiffs work. Citing anonymous sources, CNN reported Thursday that Edwards plans to launch a law practice in Raleigh, N.C.
Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee, started his career an associate at Dearborn & Ewing, based in Nashville, Tenn. He later moved to Raleigh to join Tharrington Smith. In 1993, he founded Edwards & Kirby with name-partner David Kirby, who was unavailable for comment.
During his career, Edwards focused on personal injury, product liability and medical malpractice cases.
In 1997, Edwards & Kirby won a $25 million settlement in the case of a 5-year-old girl caught in a defective swimming pool drain cover. At the time, it was the largest personal injury award in North Carolina history. He would leave the firm a year later to join the U.S. Senate.
Edwards’ daughter Cate is an attorney at Edwards & Eubanks, a Washington-based boutique focused on employment, consumer rights, environmental justice and civil rights. Cate did not respond to a request for comment.
In 2008, Edwards admitted that he had engaged in an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a videographer during his 2008 presidential campaign. In May 2011, he was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly using campaign finance dollars to cover up his affair with Hunter.
Chadbourne & Parke partner Abbe Lowell represented Edwards at trial. A jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the count of illegal use of campaign funds. Mistrials were declared on the other counts.
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