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November 20, 2008 3:50 PM

Solicitor General Clement Rejoins King & Spalding

Posted by Brian Baxter

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Dubbed the "LeBron James" of law firm recruits by The Wall Street Journal, King & Spalding made a big splash Thursday, announcing that 42-year-old former Solicitor General Paul Clement had chosen to rejoin the firm.

"We are very pleased to welcome our former colleague and friend Paul Clement back to King & Spalding," said K&S Washington, D.C., office managing partner J. Sedwick "Wick" Sollers to sibling publication Legal Times. "Our clients and growing appellate practice will benefit greatly from Paul's vast knowledge and experience before the U.S. Supreme Court and before appeals courts nationwide."

The American Lawyer named Clement on its Fab Fifty Young Litigators in January 2007. (Click here for an excellent profile of Clement by Legal Times's Tony Mauro.)

Clement resigned from the solicitor general's office in June and in the interim has been teaching at Georgetown University Law Center.

According to Mauro, Kirkland & Ellis, where Clement worked before K&S, was also in the running to land the lawyer who argued 49 cases before the high court during his tenure as solicitor general. Latham & Watkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom were also understood to have made bids, at least some of which were "eye-popping," Mauro reports.

But the homecoming scenario carried the day and Clement whittled down his options to K&S and Kirkland. After choosing K&S, he didn't waste any time getting back to work.

"It feels great to be back," Clement told Mauro from his new office at K&S. "[The pay is] a little more than my last job."

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