As former federal prosecutor Matthew Axelrod puts it, there's a "well-trod" path between the U.S. Department of Justice and white-collar defense practices at big law firms.
Axelrod, who left the Justice Department earlier this month, is taking a less-traveled road. In January, he'll join Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll as a partner in the firm's Washington office, handling class actions and other plaintiffs work.
"Joining a plaintiffs firm is natural extension of the work I did as a prosecutor over the past 10 years," he said in a phone interview. "It's still working to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable. It's just using the civil justice system instead of the criminal justice system to do that."