Published: 1/31/2023 9:39:17 AM
BOSTON — Eric P. Lesser, a four-term state senator who ran an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor last fall, is joining Boston law firm WilmerHale next month as a senior counsel.
Lesser, 37, who also worked as an aide in the Obama White House, will be based in the firm’s Boston office as a member of its Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Group.
Due to his combination of experiences as a lawyer and state legislator, and in the White House, WilmerHale says he will provide valuable insights and representation for the firm’s clients with a variety of complex, government-facing matters. Lesser intends to spend significant time in the nation’s capital providing strategic advice to the firm’s clients.
Lesser will continue to live in Longmeadow, where he is raising his family and is active in several civic and charitable causes. His planned start date is Feb 1.
WilmerHale lawyers’ legacy of public service includes Joseph Welch, who represented the Army during the 1950s McCarthy hearings; Lloyd Cutler, White House counsel to both President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton; Jamie Gorelick, former US deputy attorney general, general counsel of the Department of Defense and the only woman appointed to the 9/11 Commission; and Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and special counsel on the investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 elections.
The firm’s lawyers have played a role in numerous cases of historic import, among them the Harvard University race-conscious admissions case that WilmerHale lawyers have argued at every level of the federal courts.
After leaving the White House but before becoming a state senator, Lesser was a summer associate at WilmerHale. While he worked as a state senator in Massachusetts, he also lectured in political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, consulted for seven seasons for the hit HBO series “Veep,” and founded and taught a “Running for Office” workshop series at Harvard University.
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