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Top Prosecutor Returns to Orrick as Global Litigation Head

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 14, 2016

Melinda Haag, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, is rejoining Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the firm where she previously helped build the white-collar defense practice. Haag, who is set to return to the firm on March 1, will serve as the leader of Orrick's 330-lawyer global litigation group.

Haag, who wrapped up her five-year tenure as the Northern District's top cop in September and oversaw the work of 130 federal prosecutors, said she has missed practicing law. "I missed being in court myself. I missed advising clients. And I certainly missed being in trial," said Haag, 54.

The move reunites Haag with Orrick's white-collar chief, Walter Brown Jr., a friend since they both worked as assistant U.S. attorneys in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago. Brown originally recruited Haag to Orrick in 2003, to help build the firm's white-collar defense practice. He said Tuesday afternoon that Haag's re-recruitment became his "single most important focus" outside of client work as soon as she announced in July that she planned to leave office.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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