Former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was feted at Art and Soul on Wednesday night for his new gig at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, where he’ll work primarily from the firm’s New York office. According to one colleague, “lots of lawmakers and This Town types, etc.,” were on hand to wish their Connecticut colleague on his merry way to senior-counsel land.
And while New York isn’t exactly all the way home for the Stamford, Conn., native, Lieberman’s departure for another town marks somewhat of a break from the norm of retired lawmakers remaining primarily in D.C. for the next phases of their careers.
Going Back to Jersey
Another ex-lawmaker who headed away from This Town is former Sen. Jeff Chiesa, the Republican who was appointed to keep the seat of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg warm until a special election could be held. Once Democrat Cory Booker was elected, Chiesa set back for the Garden State, where he had served as attorney general and chief counsel to the man who appointed him to the Senate, GOP Gov. Chris Christie.
Now Chiesa is back at his old law firm, Wolff & Samson, based in West Orange, N.J. “His return to the firm underscores Wolff & Samson’s commitment to ensure that we provide our clients with the most skilled counsel available,” founding firm member David Samson said in a statement.
Chiesa served as a senator from June 10 to Oct. 30, 2013. In baseball terms, he came up for a cup of coffee. In congressional terms, he’s a senator, now and forever. And now he’s back in the state that gave us Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
Hill Hands Who Stuck Around
On the other hand, some folks feel right at home in Washington.
Lawrence Lorber, for instance, one of the original appointees to the congressional Office of Compliance in 1975, recently joined Seyfarth Shaw. The labor lawyer, previously at Proskauer Rose, also is a veteran of the Labor Department, having worked as deputy assistant of Labor and director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs all the way back in the Ford administration.
Over at Capitol Counsel, the firm has added Brad Mollet as a principal. On Capitol Hill, Mollet worked for Democrats Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah and former Rep. Betsy Markey of Colorado with a wide portfolio. After leaving the Hill, Mollet started the Fleet Street Group and lobbied for such disparate interests as the American Association of Veterinary Lab Diagnosticians and Xcel Energy. “Brad has long been a tireless advocate for his clients,” Capitol Counsel partner and former Louisiana Republican Rep. Jim McCrery said in a statement, adding, “Now his deep knowledge of Congress and how it works will pay great dividends for our clients as well.”