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By Marisa Iati | January 22, 2015

(l to r): Richard Hartunian and John Walsh will replace Loretta Lynch and Sally Yates on the prestigious Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the voice of U.S. Attorney community at Main Justice.

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John Horn Takes Over as Acting Atlanta U.S. Attorney

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Andrew Weissmann, Veteran of Enron Task Force, Will Lead Justice Department Corporate Crime Efforts

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2014 FCPA Corporate Penalty Sums Suggest Cost of Bribery Is Increasing

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The cyber and privacy law expert will serve as a partner in the firm’s soon-to-open Seattle office.

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President Obama announces Loretta Lynch as nominee for Attorney General.

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