The district attorney of Middlesex County, Mass., announced Wednesday that he will join Nixon Peabody LLP as a partner in the firm's government investigations and white collar defense practice in Boston.

Elected as district attorney in 2006, Gerry Leone has earned hundreds of convictions in Massachusetts' largest county, including the conviction of members of the Massachusetts State Treasury who stole $9.7 million.

He has also created public-private partnerships that are focused on diversity, workplace violence, colleges and universities, and health care providers and hospitals.

"After dedicating myself to protecting and serving others and impacting lives in public service for the last twenty years, I'm excited about the opportunity to take on new challenges and provide service to others in a different capacity," said Leone.

Prior to his election as district attorney, Leone served as first assistant United States attorney in the District of Massachusetts, managing the office and conducting federal and international investigations and cases ranging from public corruption to health care fraud. He began his career in Boston as a trial attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

"Gerry has earned the respect of law enforcement, businesses, community leaders, and the defense bar for his work as an effective and ethical prosecutor and leader," said David Vicinanzo, Nixon Peabody partner and leader of the firm's government investigations and white collar defense practice. "Gerry's insight and experience in prosecuting and supervising these types of cases will be enormously beneficial to our clients."

Leone graduated from Suffolk University Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He serves on the boards of the United Way of Tri-County and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. He is also an executive board member of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council as well as an executive committee member for the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

He will join Nixon Peabody on April 29.

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