Kamala Harris’ husband takes time off from BigLaw

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Kamala Harris’ husband takes time off from BigLaw

Douglas Emhoff, the litigator husband of Senator Kamala Harris – a Democrat from California and the alleged Democratic running mate in the 2020 election – has taken a leave of absence from DLA Piper, where he is a partner in the Los Angeles office.

DLA Piper confirmed at American lawyer, Law360 and the New York Times let Emhoff take his leave. He transfers his clients to other lawyers, a spokesperson told the American Lawyer.

The New York Times reports that ethical issues could arise if Emhoff stayed at DLA Piper and his wife became vice president. Emhoff represents clients with government interests, which could raise concerns that clients will receive special favors in a Joe Biden administration.

from Emhoff DLA Piper Profile says he “represents large national and international corporations and some of today’s most prominent people and influencers in complex business, real estate and intellectual property litigation.” Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2017, Emhoff ran Venable’s Los Angeles office, according to Law360.

A USA today story about Emhoff Twitter presence says he practices entertainment and intellectual property law. Emhoff describes himself on Twitter as a “father, husband @kamalaharris, lawyer, aspiring golfer, justice and equality advocate.”

O: Oprah magazine listed “Eight things to know” about Emhoff, collected from several other publications. They include:

• Emhoff has two children from a previous marriage who call Harris “Momala”.

• Emhoff and Harris met on a blind date. They got engaged after nearly a year of dating and tied the knot in a court wedding about four months later.

• Emhoff’s hobbies include golf and fantasy football. One of his teams was called Nirvana, after the 90s grunge band.

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