Private Sector Loses Lure For Government Lawyers

Law360, New York (October 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Big-shot government lawyers used to be welcomed with open arms by law firms competing to lure their expertise and name recognition as they left public office. But those days could be over, experts say.

“When you have a working knowledge of Washington and the government, that's pretty valuable,” said Esther Alpert, a principal of Alpert Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney search firm.

“But now, with the economic downturn, with everyone concerned about where business will go, the interest will be in lateral partners with an established...
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