A DLA Piper spokesman confirmed that Douglas Emhoff, a litigator in the firm's Los Angeles office, is in the process of transitioning his clients to different attorneys in the firm.
Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, holds her niece, Amara Ajagu, while standing with her husband, Doug Emhoff, left. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
DLA Piper partner Douglas Emhoff, the spouse of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, is taking a temporary leave from the law firm as the 2020 presidential campaign kicks into high gear.
A DLA Piper spokesman on Monday confirmed that Emhoff, a litigator in the firm’s Los Angeles office, is in the process of transitioning his clients to different attorneys in the firm.
Ever since Joe Biden named Harris his running mate, questions have swirled about Emhoff’s role in the campaign, especially since the Biden campaign has sought to connect Harris with voters in the last week. Emhoff’s law firm profile, which currently says he represents “large domestic and international corporations” in complex disputes, likely won’t resonate with some voters.
The Democratic National Convention, at which Biden and Harris will be formally nominated, kicks off Monday evening. While the event had been scheduled to unfold in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, most of the event will take place virtually because of health concerns from the coronavirus crisis.
Emhoff, who is highly respected in the Los Angeles legal community, according to sources, helped build a group of lawyers pledging financial support to Harris during the Democratic primary campaign. He joined DLA Piper in 2017 from Venable, where he helped develop that firm’s West Coast presence.