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December 11, 2008 1:02 PM

Schiff Hardin Advising Office of Illinois Governor

Posted by Brian Baxter

In an e-mail to The Am Law Daily on Thursday, Schiff Hardin managing partner Ronald Safer confirmed that the Chicago firm is representing the Office of the Governor of Illinois in its cooperation with the federal government's investigation into Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris.

The firm first began representing the governor's office several years ago, Safer says, when the state first began receiving subpoenas in related criminal investigations.

Safer made sure to note that Schiff Hardin is not representing Blagojevich personally, adding that the firm has never represented the governor nor met with him in the course of the firm's representation of the governor's office.

In an interesting side note, the firm's head of general litigation, Thomas Quinn, is the brother of current Illinois Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn.

Reached in his Chicago office, Schiff Hardin's Quinn confirmed that he was indeed Pat Quinn's brother, but declined further comment on the firm's role advising the governor's office or matters regarding his brother.

But Pat Quinn has been talking. A tax attorney who graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, Quinn has called on Blagojevich to "do the right thing and step aside." Quinn also revealed that the relationship between the two has been sour for some time, with Quinn claiming he hasn't had a substantive conversation with the governor since the summer of 2007.

If Blagojevich resigns or is impeached, Quinn is next in line to become the state's governor.

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