Former Ga. AG gets new gig

Jessica M. Karmasek Feb. 9, 2011, 10:45am


ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker has been named a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge's Atlanta law office.

Baker's practice, the law firm said, will focus on compliance and investigation litigation, public sector procurements and multistate public policy litigation and regulatory matters.

"We are excited to welcome Thurbert Baker to our firm," Chairman Jeff Haidet said in a statement.

"We believe his experience and the relationships and respect he's cultivated as attorney general from many of the nation's top governing officials and business leaders will significantly benefit our clients."

Baker spent 13 years as Georgia's attorney general. His tenure spanned three governors.

During that time, he fought crime, drunk driving, corruption and consumer fraud. He also wrote and pushed for the state's groundbreaking mortgage fraud statute, the first such law in the nation.

Baker also created the Open Government Mediation Program within the Attorney General's Office. The program helped Georgians resolve their requests for open access to government meetings and records without having to go to court.

In addition, Baker served as the president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

"Having witnessed the importance of close interaction between the business community and government officials, and recognizing McKenna Long and Aldridge's strong reputation in the legal community, it is a natural choice for me to join MLA," Baker said in a statement.

"I am proud to become a member of this firm and look forward to helping MLA's clients navigate the intersection of business and government."

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP is an international law firm with 475 attorneys and public policy advisors. The firm, according to its website, provides business solutions in the areas of complex litigation, corporate, environmental, energy, and climate change, finance, government contracts, health care, intellectual property and technology, international law, public policy and regulatory affairs, and real estate.

Baker unsuccessfully ran for governor last year.

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