After 12 years as Utah's attorney general, Mark Shurtleff on January 7 will step down to enter private practice at the Washington office of Troutman Sanders, the firm announced on Monday.
Shurtleff, who decided not to run this year for a fourth term as Utah's chief lawyer, will join Troutman Sanders as a partner in its regulatory compliance and government litigation practice and state attorneys general team.
The Utah attorney general wasn't immediately available for comment. But he said in a written statement released by Troutman Sanders that leaving public service was a "difficult choice" for him.
Troutman Sanders partner Ashley Taylor Jr., who leads the firm's regulatory compliance and government litigation practice and state attorneys general team, said in another written statement released by the firm that Shurtleff's experience will "strengthen and enhance Troutman Sanders' state regulatory expertise in a number of areas, including privacy, data security, state consumer protection issues and matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
Shurtleff told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier this month that he would be a federal lobbyist after he left office. But Troutman Sanders spokesman Mark Braykovich said on Tuesday he won't lobby.
Prior to becoming attorney general, Shurtleff was a Salt Lake County commissioner, an assistant attorney general in Utah and an officer in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. He also was an associate at the Law Offices of R.Q. Shupe and Smith, Smith & Kring in California.