Updated 1:49 p.m.
Sidley Austin partner Bradford Berenson has left the firm to take an in-house counsel position with General Electric Co.
Berenson departs the firm's Washington office to take on the role of vice president and senior counsel for litigation and legal policy. Berenson, who starts with GE today, announced his departure via email.
A former White House associate counsel under George W. Bush, Berenson worked on judicial selection, executive privilege and responses to congressional oversight within the White House. He also helped draft the USA Patriot Act and with the government restructuring that created the Department of Homeland Security.
At Sidley Austin, Berenson focused on white-collar criminal defense, government investigations and criminal and civil litigation.
In an interview, Mark Hopson, Sidley's D.C. managing partner and co-chair of the government and internal investigations practice, praised Berenson as a thoughtful and professional trial lawyer and advocate.
"It is an enormous loss to see Brad go," Hopson said. "I'm sure he's going to be every bit as successful at GE as he was here at Sidley."
Berenson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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