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Mel Martinez on his new job



When Mel Martinez quit the U.S. Senate, we assumed he wanted to go back to Orlando to work, accomplishing a stated desire to be close to family. But his new job with the giant law-lobbying firm DLA Piper will place him in Tampa and Washington, D.C. UPDATE: A DLP spokeswoman adds that Martinez will spend "much of his time" working in Orlando.

In a statement today, the ex-senator says, “DLA Piper’s global footprint and international networks provide me with the ideal platform to return to private legal practice, while allowing me to stay close to home and my family. The firm has market-leading practices in areas like financial services, energy, real estate and defense, where I know I can make a significant contribution. Working in DLA Piper’s offices in Florida, I look forward to helping the firm grow its practice in Latin America and collaborating with a team of distinguished lawyers and professionals with the highest level of legislative knowledge and diplomatic skill.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:19pm]


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