Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four auditing firms, named Michael Solender as its vice chair and general counsel. Solender, who will start at the firm on Feb. 24, replaces Kathryn Oberly, who was sworn in as an associate judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Solender joins Ernst & Young after a short stint as executive vice president and chief legal officer at Seattle-based Washington Mutual. Before working at WaMu, Solender served as general counsel and senior managing director with The Bear Stearns Companies from 2004 until 2008.
"I have long admired Ernst & Young and am very pleased to join the partnership," Solender said in a release. "I look forward to the opportunity to make a contribution to the firm's continued success."
Though Solender will be working in New York with the accounting giant, he is no stranger to the Washington area. Before going in-house, Solender was in private practice with Arnold & Porter in its D.C. office. He started at Arnold & Porter in 1991 and stayed at the firm until 2000. He left the firm for one year to serve as general counsel at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and rejoined Arnold & Porter in Washington in 2001.
Solender, who is on vacation, was not immediately available for an interview.