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March 3, 2010 6:28 PM

Former AIG GC Kelly Joins DLA Piper

Posted by Ed Shanahan

By Carrie Levine, The National Law Journal

Anastasia Kelly, the former top in-house lawyer for American International Group Inc. who resigned Dec. 30 over compensation issues, has joined DLA Piper's Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced today.

Kelly joins DLA Piper as of counsel, something she said she chose to do because she wasn't ready to accept something full time. "I'm easing into this very slowly," she said. "I really want to take some time off and really figure out what I want to do and how I want to do it."

A number of law firms invited her to join them after her well-publicized departure from AIG, Kelly said, but she planned on waiting until fall before jumping into something new. She had dinner in Washington with Lee Miller, the joint chief executive officer of the firm, Francis Burch, the firm's global chairman, and Charles Scheeler, a partner in the Baltimore office who worked with Kelly during her tenure at both AIG and MCI/WorldCom. They "took me out to dinner and sat me down and said, 'Look, We think you'd have a lot of fun at DLA." As they talked, she said, she decided it made sense to affiliate in some way with the firm.

"I said, is there a way I can do it where I'm not full-time?" Kelly said, adding that she asked, "Why don't we do the 'of counsel' and ease into it and see where it gets us?"

Scheeler said that he was one of several "points of intersection" Kelly had with DLA Piper. "When it became clear that she would be available...we made it very clear to her that we would love to have her as a member of the team," he said.

Read the full report from The National Law Journal here.

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