Michael Chertoff has joined law firm Covington & Burling as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. The AmLaw Daily reports that Chertoff started with Covington in its white-collar defense and investigations practice group earlier this week.
In his extraordinary legal career to date, the AmLaw Daily reports, Chertoff has:
- graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School
- clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.
- served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the SDNY under Rudolph Giuliani
- served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
- headed the Justice Department’s criminal division
- served as a federal appellate court judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Chertoff also practiced law along the way at Latham & Watkins, but “demurred” when asked whether he considered returning to Latham again after resigning his Homeland Security position on January 21: “I did have a number of conversations with some firms that I don’t really want to get into, but [going to] Covington was an easy choice,” Chertoff told the AmLaw Daily, citing his friendship with several current and former Covington partners.