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Trump Prosecutor Rejoins Paul Weiss After ‘Misguided’ Decision

April 18, 2022, 3:52 PM

Mark Pomerantz, who quit the Manhattan District Attorney’s office after what he called a “misguided” decision not to prosecute former President Donald Trump, has rejoined his old firm, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

Pomerantz is of counsel in the firm’s litigation department, a Paul Weiss spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Pomerantz resigned in Feburary after he said the district attorney, Alvin Bragg, had decided not to seek criminal charges against Trump at that time. “I believe that Donald Trump is guilty of numerous felony violations,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Bragg, according to the New York Times.

In rejoining Paul Weiss, he brings to the firm his experience working on and defending white-collar and organized crime cases. As former head of the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, he oversaw major securities fraud causes, including the prosecution of mob boss John Gotti.

After joining Paul Weiss the first time, he represented New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli, who was accused of campaign finance violations, among others. He also has worked as a Supreme Court clerk.

Pomerantz joined the Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office, then led by Cyrus R. Vance Jr., in February 2021 as special assistant district attorney. He helped lead the office with its investigation into the financial dealings of Trump, his family and its businesses.

Vance joined Baker McKenzie in January 2022 as global chair of its cybersecurity practice. The following month, Pomerantz tendered his resignation, along with Carey Dunne, a former Davis Polk & Wardwell senior partner.

“I have worked too hard as a lawyer, and for too long, now to become a passive participant in what I believe to be a grave failure of justice,” Pomerantz said in his resignation letter, according to the Times.

He told Bloomberg News last month that he told the DA he couldn’t commit to staying through the entire duration of a case against Trump, but that he did intend to stay indefinitely if the prosecution had been authorized.

Bragg told Bloomberg earlier this month that Trump remains under investigation.

“It’s open, it’s active,” he said in that interview, “we have a great team in place.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com