Manatt Hires Retiring Calif. Congressman For DC Office

Law360, New York (August 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT) -- Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has lured retiring Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., to its Washington office, the firm said Tuesday, giving it a battle-tested strategist with deep experience in agriculture, energy and foreign affairs.

The news coincided with Cardoza’s announcement that he would step down Wednesday, a sooner-than-expected move the five-term congressman attributed to a lawmaking logjam on Capitol Hill and parenting challenges at home.

“The reality is, I’m skeptical that a whole lot’s going to get done [this year] in Congress,” Cardoza told Law360. “And...
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