/ December 10, 2008

Who’s going to represent Blagojevich (and the others)?

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was taken into custody for, among other things, “auctioning off” President-Elect Obama’s Senate seat.   So – who’s going to be representing Illinois’ latest corrupt politician?  The smart money looks to be betting on Dan Webb who also represented George Ryan (the previous Governor of Illinois) in corruption charges.  Webb also represented Kwame Kilpatrick (former mayor for Detriot) in his guilty plea for felony obstruction charges.

Webb graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1970 and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney as well as a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1980-1985.  He’s also the acting chairman of Winston & Strawn where he’s been since 1985.  In addition to politicians, he’s also defended GE, Microsoft, and Philip Morris.
The other possibility for Blagojevich representation is Winston & Strawn partner Bradley Lerman who Blagojevich hired after being tied to corruption relating to Tony Rezko.
Blagojevich’s former Chief of Staff turned lobbyist, John Wyma grabbed Zachary Fardon of Latham & Watkins as his counsel.
No word on who will be representing John Harris, Blagojevich’s current Chief of Staff, who was also taken into custody on Tuesday. 
Source: law.com

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