The former acting assistant attorney general and principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice is rejoining his former firm today.
Jeffrey Bucholtz, 37, who argued cases such as Valerie Plame Wilson v. Libby and Mylan v. FDA while with Justice, returns to King & Spalding's D.C. office as a partner in the firm’s national appellate practice after a six-year absence. His return to King & Spalding is the second recent high-profile former government lawyer to return to the firm. In November, Paul Clement, the former solicitor general who argued 49 cases before the Supreme Court, rejoined in the firm's Washington office.
“I was very pleased with my time here before," Bucholtz says. "The fact Paul came here was certainly influential. He's a good friend as well as a brilliant lawyer.”
Before joining King & Spalding as a partner in January of 2000, Bucholtz was an associate with Williams & Connolly. Nonetheless, Bucholtz only looked at King & Spalding when deciding where he wanted to go after Justice.
"The truth is, I didn't look anywhere else," Bucholtz says. "I took a good amount of time off after I left DOJ. And, coincidentally, it was nice because by the time I was ready to start looking, Paul had decided to come here. So, for me, it was an easy choice."