CHICAGO – Attorney Mitchell Holzrichter has returned to Mayer Brown's Chicago office after a stint in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.
Holzrichter has rejoined the firm as a partner to work in its government practice and also its global infrastructure group. He left the firm after seven years to work for the state, serving as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs and special counsel after serving as deputy general counsel.
The firm believes his return to its Chicago office – the firm's original office and still its largest -- provides a boost for both groups.
Joseph Seliga, co-lead of the global infrastructure group, said Holzrichter's return adds to a team that has long practiced together.
"His time serving in senior leadership roles at the state of Illinois and knowledge of legislative processes will be invaluable to companies that are heavily regulated or licensed by the government, such as private investment funds, financial institutions, government contractors, utility companies and gaming operators," said John Janicik, co-leader of the firm's government practice.
The government practice includes 63 lawyers and the infrastructure group 56.
Holzrichter' practice is focused on government transactions, election law and political law. He's previously represented clients on both transactions and the use of public-private partnerships. His experience spans both sides of a project, having advised government agencies and private developers on highway, airport and parking facility projects using concession agreements, availability payments, and design-build agreements.
On the political side, Holzrichter has counseled clients on election law, campaign finance issues, voting rights and redistricting.
During his tenure with the state, Holzrichter represented the administration in negotiations with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, agency directors, lobbyists, trade associations and private companies doing business with the state. As deputy general counsel, he supervised the state's chief compliance officer, ethics officer and freedom of information officer.
"I look forward to leveraging my experience as a senior public official to help clients on all sides of the table in navigating sophisticated infrastructure projects, compliance with government ethics, disclosure and campaign finance laws, and gaming and legislation-related legal matters," he said in the firm's announcement.