Some national political stars came out this week to celebrate the opening of a new law office by former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.
Lieberman is now serving as senior counsel with the firm of a longtime friend, and a large crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the opening of the local branch office. The gigantic firm has 375 lawyers in nine offices from San Francisco to Atlanta.
Friends of Lieberman – including U.S. Sen. John McCain and former homeland security chief Tom Ridge – attended the star-studded celebration. Democratic members of the Connecticut delegation, including U.S. Rep. John B. Larson and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, attended at the Art & Soul restaurant near Capitol Hill and Union Station.
U.S. Rep. Peter T. King of Long Island, the former House homeland security committee chairman, also attended the bipartisan gathering. King, a Republican who lives in the waterfront town of Seaford in Nassau County, has been a frequent guest on cable television stations for years.
Lieberman had a wide variety of offers and possibilities after leaving the U.S. Senate after 24 years, and he told Capitol Watch last year that he wanted to spend part of his time with a law firm.
Lieberman will be working mainly in the New York City office of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, which has more than 375 lawyers. He ”will focus on independent and internal investigations and advising clients on a wide range of public policy, strategic and regulatory issues,” according to the firm.
Lieberman\’s chief of staff, Clarine Nardi Riddle, will working in the Washington, D.C. office.
Lieberman will also “play a significant role in client development globally,” which means that he will be similar to other rainmakers who have helped attract clients at law firms – such as former New York City Mayor Edward Koch, who worked at a Manhattan law firm until his death.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Lieberman served as Connecticut’s attorney general before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.
When he signed up with the law firm, Lieberman said, \”There is also a personal side to my joining this firm because I have known Marc Kasowitz and his family from New Haven for more than 40 years. In fact, Marc volunteered in my first political campaign in 1970. But of course, I am most excited about joining the firm because Marc and his colleagues are known as really excellent and creative lawyers who fight very hard for their clients and who achieve highly successful results.”