Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 13, 2013, 3:00pm

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) -- After only five months, former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has parted ways with a national law firm and started his own business.

According to his Facebook page, Shurtleff left his job at the Washington, D.C., office of Troutman Sanders and started his own government relations consulting business, The Shurtleff Group, June 1.

Shurtleff took the job at Troutman Sanders in January, shortly after current -- and now, embattled -- Utah Attorney General John Swallow was sworn in.

The state's former top lawyer told The Salt Lake Tribune last week he decided to leave Troutman Sanders because of the "grueling" demands of the job, in particular the travel.

However, he declined to discuss his new venture with the newspaper, it reported Tuesday.

Shurtleff, a Republican, was elected in November 2000 and was re-elected in November 2004 and November 2008. He decided not to seek re-election last year.

He is the first attorney general in Utah to win re-election for a third term.

According to the Tribune, Shurtleff, like his successor Swallow, is under investigation for allegedly abusing the office.

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