Back in December, Troutman Sanders trumpeted the addition of former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to the ranks of the firm’s Washington office.
Shurtleff was to be an integral partner in the state attorneys general practice in the areas of "privacy, data security, state consumer protection issues and matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," according to a December news release from the firm. He officially joined the firm in January.
In April, Shurtleff was in the spotlight on Capitol Hill, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in support of an immigration reform bill. "This bill strikes a careful balance among its most important pillars: interior enforcement and border security, earned legalization and a path to citizenship, needed reforms to our current immigration system, and efforts to deal with the current backlog of immigration," Shurtleff said in his prepared testimony.
But almost six months after joining the firm, Shurtleff and Troutman have parted ways, according to several media reports. "I resigned," Shurtleff told The Salt Lake Tribune on June 1. "Commuting to D.C. and all the [national] speaking was just too hard on me and my family." (Shurtleff did not respond to requests for comment from The BLT.)
Troutman has scrubbed its website of any mention of Shurtleff, including his biography page and the December news release announcing his arrival. Maura Brandt, the firm's chief marketing officer, declined to comment. "The firm does not comment on personnel matters," she said.
News of Shurtleff's departure comes after a report on May 23 by The Salt Lake Tribune that said the former attorney general allegedly offered Darl McBride, the former chief executive officer of software company SCO Group, $2 million to pull down a website that shamed a businessman named Mark Robbins. The conversation, which McBride recorded, allegedly took place in 2009, while Shurtleff was still in public office.
Shurtleff and his successor, John Swallow, are the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and two county district attorneys, according the Tribune. The investigation is based on alleged impropriety by Shurtleff while he was in office and whether Swallow violated election laws. Shurtleff told that paper that his resignation from Troutman was not connected to the investigation.