Now that Fred Fielding has officially decided to join Morgan, Lewis over Wiley Rein, the firm that bore his name before he left for the White House Counsel’s office in 2007, there’s one question that begs answering: Will Fielding and Richard Wiley still carpool into the District everyday?
“My wife asked me that this morning,” says Wiley, name partner at Wiley Rein, and a longtime close friend of Fielding’s. After quickly looking up Morgan, Lewis’ address, Wiley concludes, “Probably not.” (Morgan, Lewis’ D.C. office is at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., and WileyRein is at 1776 K St., N.W.)
But Wiley emphasizes that there are no hard feelings, and the two remain good friends. He confirms that WileyRein did actively recruit Fielding. “We made him a very responsible offer,” says Wiley. “I think he was pleased with the offer. I just think for a variety of reasons…he chose to go there instead.” Wiley says he’s disappointed, but “personally respect[s]” Fielding’s decision.
Wiley declined to comment further on the matter, saying he would leave it up to Fielding to specify his reasons for deciding to join Morgan, Lewis.