- Attempted Murder Case Against Former White House Lawyer Followed Fizzling of His Legal Career
Attempted Murder Case Against Former White House Lawyer Followed Fizzling of His Legal Career
Posted Jan 8, 2010 4:27 PM CST
By Martha Neil
The stunning news that a former White House lawyer and Xerox Corp. general counsel had been charged with attempting to murder his wife this week in an alleged out-of-control rage at their upscale Connecticut home left many wondering how such a successful attorney could apparently fall so far from grace.
A Connecticut Law Tribune article provides some perspective, reporting that John Michael Farren, who is now 57, apparently had little career success after leaving his deputy White House counsel post about a year ago. His previous professional milestones also included stints at Wiggin and Dana and as the U.S. Commerce Department's under secretary for international trade.
Although his wife works in a counsel position at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, his most prominent professional role right now, in the worst legal market in the memory of many attorneys, apparently is as a member of the board of advisers of the Aspen Institute. His LinkedIn profile says he is an "independent legal services professional" in the New York area.
“It’s a tough time for lawyers and particularly not a good time for Republicans who are out of office, unless they have a think tank to support them,” an unidentified attorney who worked with Farren briefly in the 1980s at Wiggin and Dana tells the legal publication. Nonetheless "it seems like a pretty big fall from being general counsel at Xerox and the No. 2 at the Department of Commerce.”
A previous ABAJournal.com post details his alleged attack on Mary Margaret Farren, 43.