John Edwards, the former US Senator for North Carolina, is to open a new law firm in September that will focus on plaintiff work, according to US media reports.
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According to the Political Ticker
, the North Carolina State Bar lists Mr Edward’s status as ‘active’, and says he’s ‘presently eligible to practice law in North Carolina’. The new firm is rumoured to be based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Prior to his political career, Mr Edwards was a nationally known lawyer with expertise in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability lawsuits, earning millions.
The 2004 candidate for vice president, he went on to make a bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination before admitting to an extramarital affair in August 2008.
The Justice Department had accused Mr Edwards of using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to keep his pregnant mistress under wraps as he mounted a second presidential bid in 2008. However, a North Carolina jury acquitted him in May 2012 on one of the six counts against him and deadlocked on the other five.