When David Ogden wraps up his service at the Justice Department, there's a spot waiting for him in the Washington offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, the firm's co-managing partner said today.
Ogden, who left Wilmer to join the Justice Department, announced today he’s stepping down as deputy attorney general next February. “David is a terrific lawyer. We are thrilled to have him back,” said Wilmer co-managing partner William Perlstein.
Ogden said in a statement this morning that it was his intention to return to private practice “as soon as I felt the Department was firmly” on a path toward achieving goals for a successful transition. Perlstein said Ogden told him that “all along his expectation was that it would be around a year.”
“It’s a very demanding position and it’s particularly demanding at the beginning of an administration,” Perlstein said. Ogden underwent an emergency appendectomy in recent weeks, Perlstein said. “Physically, this is a tough job. You are on 24-7.”
Perlstein said Ogden will have his say whether he wants to resume as co-chair of Wilmer’s government and regulatory litigation practice group. “I will say publicly if he wants to be, he can be,” Perlstein said.