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Did Bad Morale Send DOJ Lawyers Packing?


Several lawyers have left the U.S. Department of Justice as the controversy continues over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

None of the attorneys contacted by the National Law Journal attributed their moves to the firings, though.

It’s not unusual for DOJ attorneys to move to the private sector, but morale can be an issue, Jonathan Polkes, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, told the legal newspaper.

Those moving include:

–Bruce McDonald, former deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division, to Jones Day. –Former U.S. Attorney Matt Orwig of Dallas, to Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. –Mark Botti, litigation section chief in the Antitrust Division to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. –Michael Battle, former director of the executive office for U.S. Attorneys, to Fulbright & Jaworski. Michael Pelgro, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, to Foley Hoag. James Sheehan, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania, to become the New York State Medicaid inspector general.

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