Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Government-Private Sector Revolving Door Spins Once Again for Christine Varney

Cravath, Swaine & Moore is one of the most powerful corporate law firms in the country. Their web site says it all:
Cravath has been known as one of the premier U.S. law firms for nearly two centuries. Each of our practice areas is highly regarded, and our lawyers are recognized around the world for their commitment to the representation of our clients’ interests. Throughout our history, we have played a central role in developing how law is practiced, how lawyers are trained and how business risk is managed.
How do they stay on top? One way is to bring on board top government regulators. It's the high-powered revolving door in action. The latest to enter the spinning door and step out at Cravath is Christine Varney. She is the top anti-trust lawyer at the Department of Justice. She also recently attended the Bilderberg conference held in Switzerland.

According to Dealbook, Varney has rotated between government service and private practice throughout her career. Before joining the Obama administration she worked at Hogan & Hartson, the law firm where John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, was a partner.

In the 1990s she served as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission after working in the White House during the early years of the Clinton administration.

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