Former US Attorney joins national law firm – New York News

Newly-retired United States Attorney Richard Hartunian will enter private practice with national legal and consulting firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. The firm has offices around the country but Hartunian will work out of the New York City and Albany locations.


Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. made the announcement on July 11 and Hartunian will start work in August.

According to the announcement, Hartunian will focus on internal investigations, criminal and regulatory enforcement actions and high-stakes civil litigation.

Manatt’s chief executive officer and managing partner William T. Quicksilver praised Hartunian’s legal and leadership skills as well as his experience.

“With broad-based experience in major, high-profile matters, Rick will provide strong and steady counsel to clients across industries,” Quicksilver said in a statement.

Hartunian worked for the Department of Justice for 20 years, investigating and prosecuting cases. As a U.S. Attorney, he served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee under Eric Holder and chaired the committee under Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for me,” said Hartunian in a previous interview. “It’s an opportunity for me to do different kinds of work.”

Hartunian will join the firm as a partner in the corporate investigations and white collar defense practice. 

In a statement, Hartunian said that he had a number of options as he considered his post-government life. He chose Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP due to its “collaborative culture” and “ environment that values innovation and fosters…

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