Michael Chertoff Joins Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

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.

Read the AmLaw Daily article

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