It's one month before the Democrats take control of Congress. Do you know where your defense team is?
Evidence is mounting that corporate defense attorneys are expecting a billable-hour bonanza to result from congressional Democrats' investigative zeal. As we noted yesterday
, Democratic subpoena power is good news for corporate counsel's earning power.
Law firm Dickstein Shapiro achieved quite a coup by snapping up the GOP's two top investigative lawyers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (TPMm Reader MV
uncharitably notes, "I don't see how being an investigative lawyer for this Congress looks good on a resume.") As the press release
announces, the men "will focus their practices on government investigations."
And at Wilmer Hale, prospective corporate clients are being urged
to start planning now
: "For companies and industries that may find themselves in the spotlight some months down the road, it would be prudent to begin planning early so that they can be ready to make their cases most cogently and effectively should the time come."