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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Documents Attorney Kise Joins Miami Boutique

Oct. 6, 2022, 8:28 PM

Christopher Kise, the ex-Big Law attorney representing former President Donald Trump in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, has joined Miami-based boutique law firm Continental.

Lazaro Fields, a partner at Continental, confirmed the Kise hire. The firm’s website also lists Kise in an of counsel position.

The firm’s roster includes lawyers who, like Kise, have connections to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

The move puts to rest questions as to whether Kise will re-join a Big Law practice, at least for now. Some major firms have distanced themselves from lawyers who have taken on Trump’s legal battles.

Kise didn’t respond to request for comment. NBC News first reported Kise’s hire by Continental.

Kise left his Big Law partnership at Foley & Lardner in August after he decided to represent Trump against allegations that the former president improperly stored classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Colleagues at his new firm include Richard Corcoran, DeSantis’ former state education commissioner and a past Florida House speaker, and Jesus Suarez, former chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association and a DeSantis appointee on a state judicial nominating commission.

Kise, an ex-Florida solicitor general, brings his own swath of deep Florida GOP connections to the firm.

He counseled two other Republican governors, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. He released documents related to a state ethics investigation of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum two weeks before the 2018 election DeSantis narrowly won.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tiana Headley at theadley@bloombergindustry.com

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