Jenner & Block managing partner Thomas Perrelli, nominated as associate attorney general, is not the only Jenner lawyer leaving for the Obama Administration. The firm has just announced that Donald Verrilli, co-chair of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice, will become associate deputy attorney general.
Verrilli says his portfolio at the department is still not fully defined, but he expects it will mainly be on the civil side, working on national security issues among others, and serving as a liaison with the solicitor general and the office of legal counsel. The job begins next week.
Leaving his practice at Jenner is "tearing me apart," Verrilli says, but clients like Viacom and the Motion Picture Association of America will be in good hands. His appellate co-chair Paul Smith will shoulder much of the work, Verrilli said, with an assist from younger partners like Ian Gershengorn and William Hohengarten. "It's their time," Verrilli says. "They're not going to miss a beat here."