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Patrick Fitzgerald to join law firm, focus on corporate investigations

Former U.S. Attorney. Patrick Fitzgerald is set joChicago office Skadden Arps Slate Meagher   Flom. | Al Podgorski~Sun-Times file

Former U.S. Attorney. Patrick Fitzgerald is set to join the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. | Al Podgorski~Sun-Times file

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Updated: October 22, 2012 8:27AM

Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is set to join a corporate law firm, beginning his new job next week.

Fitzgerald, the longest-tenured U.S. attorney is Chicago history, has been named a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which has 23 offices worldwide and approximately 1,800 attorneys.

“Pat Fitzgerald is one of the most respected lawyers in America. Skadden clients will benefit from his unparalleled skills in the courtroom coupled with his well-deserved reputation for independence and integrity,” said David M. Zornow, global head of Skadden’s Litigation/Controversy practices, in a written statement.

Brian W. Duwe, head of Skadden’s Chicago office, said: “Pat’s extraordinary skills as an investigator and trial lawyer will complement our very talented team of litigators in Chicago. We are thrilled to have him join us.”

Fitzgerald, who served 11 years as the city’s top federal prosecutor and stepped aside earlier this year, said: “The Skadden attorneys I have met from Chicago, New York and other offices are a superb group of lawyers. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with them on matters in those cities and around the globe.”

Fitzgerald will focus on “internal corporate investigations as well as civil litigation and arbitration,” according to a law firm news release.

Ftizgerald’s decision to join Skadden came after dozens of firms courted him since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office in June, someone close to Fitzgerald said.

Contributing: Natasha Korecki

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