Hewitt Leaves U.S. Attorney Office, Joins Jones Day

U.S. Attorney Karen P. Hewitt said today (June 2) that she will resign from the Department of Justice to join the San Diego office of law firm Jones Day as a partner. Jones Day, whose managing partner is based in Washington, D.C., is the second largest U.S. law firm. Hewitt served as U.S. attorney in San Diego beginning in early 2007, and was with the Justice Department 18 years. Her successor as U.S. attorney, Laura E. Duffy, was sworn in today by Chief Judge Irma E. Gonzalez of federal court.


When you lateral over to Big Law as a partner (although I doubt as an equity partner) from an admin DOJ job (with recent no trial or litigation experience) they brinbg you on for one reason and one reason only-to play rain maker.

I bet she has never even taken one deposition.

Response to post #1: The big Wall Street law firms control the SEC by offering $2 million yearly salaries to SEC lawyers, who then let the law firms' clients off the hook. It's called "the revolving door." Best, Don Bauder

USA Hewitt was 1-1 versus SDG&E, with AUSA Melanie Pierson getting 2007 guilty verdicts against the Sempra-owned public utility and several individuals in 2007, but having the re-trial dismissed after key evidence was held inadmissible in round two late last year.

Compared to state and county prosecutors, the US Attorney's office gets credit for at least trying to hold somebody accountable for "corporate arrogance" as it was described in closing arguments.

Response to post #3: On her watch, the DOJ nailed more than a dozen members of the Arellano-Felix Organization, the Tijuana-based drug gang. Her people also got Brent Wilkes, who bribed Duke Cunningham. Best, Don Bauder

Response to post #5: Generally, I would say that leaving DOJ to go to a big firm is going to the dark side. But the DOJ has been so disinterested in white collar crime in recent years that I am not so sure. Best, Don Bauder

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