Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has returned as a partner to Covington & Burling LLP, his old law firm, the one he left when President Barack Obama selected him in February 2009 as the nation’s 82nd attorney general and the first African American to hold the nation’s top law-enforcement job.
Holder, a graduate of Columbia University Law School, was a partner in Covington & Burling or Covington, from 2001 to February 2009, when he left after the U.S. Senate approved his nomination.
Covington is an international law firm with offices Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
The firm advises multinational corporations on transaction litigation, regulatory and public policy matters.
Just as he did before he became U.S. Attorney General, Holder will work in its Washington D.C. office, which is also the firm’s headquarters.
“Holder will focus on complex investigations and litigation matters, including matters that are international in scope and raise significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns,” officials of Covington & Burling, said in a statement.
Holder said,” Returning to Covington is like coming home. I couldn’t be happier to rejoin the firm and to have the opportunity once again to work with its exceptional lawyers and staff, for whom I have high regard.”
Some 850 lawyers worked for Covington, which was founded in 1919.
Holder is the third longest serving attorney general in the U.S. He served in the job from 2009 to 2015, when he resigned. Holder also is an Episcopalian, which is considered the denomination of the nation’s elite.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney General, he served as Deputy Attorney General for the District of Columbia under President Bill Clinton.