Former U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald is joining Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Chicago office as a partner, the firm announced today.
Fitzgerald oversaw numerous high-profile prosecutions, including the successful prosecutions of former Illinois governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.
Fitzgerald was appointed to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois in 2001 by President George W. Bush. Prior to his tenure as U.S. attorney, Fitzgerald spent 13 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. During that time, he was lead prosecutor in the trial of defendants convicted in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
In June, Fitzgerald stepped down from his most recent post and has been actively pursued by firms since. He was one of a dozen government attorneys who were the most sought after by firms, according to a report earlier this month by The National Law Journal.
For more news on Fitzgerald's move, please see this story on NLJ.com.
Photo by The National Law Journal's Roberto Westbrook.