A spokesman for the Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has confirmed earlier reports today that his office has ended its relationship with Washington law firm King & Spalding.
No additional details were immediately available from Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein. The Washington Examiner has reported that Cuccinelli made the decision following the firm’s decision earlier this week to withdraw its representation on behalf of U.S. House Republicans defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Les Zuke, a spokesman for King & Spalding, said the firm does not comment on client representations.
According to the Examiner, King & Spalding was retained by the Attorney General’s office starting in September 2009 to assist with legal work on behalf of the state. The extent of the firm’s work with the state wasn’t immediately clear this afternoon.
Cuccinelli’s decision is the latest fallout from the firm’s decision to withdraw as counsel from the same-sex marriage litigation. Shortly after the firm announced its decision, former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement, who had been leading the litigation, resigned in protest. He has since joined Bancroft, a small Washington litigation firm, and will continue representing House Republicans.
Read more on the King & Spalding decision and its aftermath from the National Law Journal’s David Ingram and Tony Mauro.