Michael Chertoff, most recently secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has joined Covington & Burling’s white-collar defense and investigations practice, reports the AmLaw Daily. He is now senior of counsel in the Washington office, where he started earlier this week.
“I’m really looking forward to coming back as a working lawyer, not just as a rainmaker,” Chertoff tells AmLaw. “And while it’s been a bit of a transition [this week], I’m happy to be doing real legal work as I genuinely love being a lawyer.”
Chertoff held several prominent positions in the George W. Bush administration. He was a partner at Latham & Watkins before Bush asked him to become assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in 2001. While at Justice, Chertoff took a lead role in drafting the USA Patriot Act. In 2003, Bush nominated him to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and nearly two years later, Chertoff became Secretary of Homeland Security.
The complete AmLaw story is available here.