It didn’t take long for Paul McNulty to find a soft landing downtown. The former U.S. deputy attorney general — the department’s No. 2 slot — announced his resignation amid the U.S. attorney scandal in May, citing the “financial realities of college-age children.” He will join Baker & McKenzie on Sept. 1 as a partner.
McNulty, who is the primary author of the McNulty Memo, a Justice Department document that set out revised guidelines for prosecuting corporate fraud, is expected to play a leadership role in Baker & McKenzie’s business crimes and investigations and corporate compliance and risk management practices.
“One of the things I hope to communicate to the clients is that problems usually have a lot of different faces, not just legal,” McNulty said. “I feel like there will be an opportunity to provide a broader range of advice and services than most lawyers are able to offer.”
McNulty is the first big Department of Justice hire for the firm. He’ll be working as a liaison to Congress and the DOJ, and he will help with public relations issues for clients under investigation. He said he will not lobby.
McNulty has a long history as a government servant, spending 11 years working for Congress. He was chief counsel and director of legislative operations for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). He also served an eight-year stint as a House Judiciary Committee staffer, including four years as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.
American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."