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90-Year-Old Retiring Manhattan DA Heads to Wachtell

Posted Jan 20, 2010 10:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Robert Morgenthau may be retiring from his 35-year career as Manhattan district attorney, but that doesn’t mean he is giving up legal practice.

The 90-year-old Morgenthau is heading to the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the Associated Press reported based on a firm press release (PDF). The Am Law Daily and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog noted the report. Morgenthau will be of counsel at Wachtell, the release states.

A post in the City Room blog of the New York Times details a press conference held today by Morgenthau at his Wachtell office. Constructed over the weekend it smelled like a new car, the newspaper notes

He came armed with a list of ideas, Morgenthau said, and partner Daniel Neff, who co-chairs Wachtell's executive committee, cited his extensive experience, judgment and list of contacts. "We will just see how it goes,” Neff stated.

At a previous news conference in December, Morgenthau said he was planning a week’s vacation beginning Jan. 8, but he had been too busy to consider his next move, the New York Times reported at the time.

Last updated at 8:02 p.m. to include information from City Room blog.

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