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Perkins Coie’s Spiva jumps into race for D.C. attorney general

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(Reuters) – Bruce Spiva, the managing companion of Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., workplace, stated Thursday that he is working to function town’s attorney general subsequent yr.

Spiva is the third candidate to affix the Democratic major race, together with D.C. council member Kenyan McDuffie and native attorney Ryan Jones, after incumbent Democrat Karl Racine in October declined to hunt a 3rd time period.

“I view the D.C. Attorney General’s Office as a large public interest law firm that basically serves the interests and needs of the people of the District of Columbia,” Spiva stated.

Spiva cited his background dealing with public curiosity issues, significantly civil rights circumstances, voting rights and shopper safety litigation. He additionally famous his expertise as an govt committee member at Perkins Coie and supervisor of 200 D.C. professionals on the agency.

He stated his prime priorities as a candidate embrace defending D.C. residents from shopper fraud and abuse, advocating for legal justice reform and selling public security. As a longtime advocate for native autonomy and D.C. statehood, Spiva stated he’ll “bring that passion to the Office of the Attorney General.”

Previous to becoming a member of Perkins Coie as a companion in 2015, Spiva practiced for almost a decade at his personal legislation agency. Earlier he was at Jenner & Block, the place he was promoted to companion in 2000.

Perkins Coie is understood in D.C. for its longtime illustration of the Democratic Nationwide Committee and different Democratic Occasion purchasers. One in all its most high-profile Washington companions, political legislation specialist Marc Elias, left the agency in August with 10 different Perkins Coie companions and three counsel to kind his personal agency.

Spiva stated Perkins Coie supported his choice to run for workplace. A agency spokesman had no speedy remark.

The first is scheduled for subsequent June in overwhelmingly Democratic D.C., with a general election that features the mayor’s race in November.

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Xiumei Dong

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