Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman has opened a Washington office led by the former chief of staff for former Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Clarine Nardi Riddle, who joins Kasowitz as counsel, will lead the firm's government affairs practice. She will advise on regulatory and public policy matters.
Riddle follows Lieberman, her former boss, who last week announced he was joining Kasowitz's New York office as special counsel. Lieberman plans to focus on internal investigations and regulatory policy.
"The senator is not going to be lobbying, but I will be registering when a client needs," Riddle said in an interview. "A big part of the senator and my past approach has been to work in a bipartisan way. I'm going to be working with people on both sides of the aisle on issues that are of concerns to the client."
Riddle is the only attorney in Kasowitz’s Washington office, but she did not rule out the possibility of adding more lawyers. She said the firm, which is based in New York, would grow the office methodically and add more "as the work demands." The firm has 365 attorneys nationwide and is ranked 120 on the NLJ 350, The National Law Journal's annual headcount survey.
Riddle said the firm is signing a lease for space soon, but declined to provide its location. She said the firm plans to move into its new digs in early July.
From 1989 to 1991, Riddle served as Connecticut's attorney general and successfully argued the case of Martin W. Hoffman v. Connecticut Department of Income Maintenance, et al. before the Supreme Court. In that case, the high court debated whether a portion of federal bankruptcy code "authorizes a bankruptcy court to issue a money judgment against a State that has not filed a proof of claim in the bankruptcy proceeding."
As part of her responsibilities for Lieberman, Riddle led Congressional staff delegations abroad and organized bipartisan chiefs of staff committees.