Bloomberg Law
Nov. 7, 2020, 5:38 PMUpdated: Nov. 9, 2020, 4:24 PM

Harris’s Lawyer Husband Faces Ethics Quandary as VP Spouse (1)

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

Kamala Harris’s election as vice president creates a quandary for her husband about how to navigate his law career around the kinds of ethical hazards raised by the current president and his family.

The types of cases Doug Emhoff handles as an entertainment and commercial attorney aren’t likely to generate White House intrigue, but his partnership at DLA Piper poses broad conflict-of-interest questions. The firm’s federal lobbying clients including Qualcomm Inc., Comcast Corp., Raytheon Co. and the government of Afghanistan.

“The situation with the Trump family established that anything goes and nothing happens,” said Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at ...

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