Ballard Spahr has confirmed that Pennsylvania First Deputy Attorney General Adrian R. King, Jr., will rejoin the firm as a partner in the business and finance and government relations practice, after resigning from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.

"Adrian is first of all a great partner and a great friend," Ballard Spahr Chairman Mark Stewart said. "But he knows how business works. He knows how government works and he knows how to make business and government work together. That is incredibly valuable."

Mr. King told The Legal that his plan was to serve Attorney General Kathleen Kane for a year, while she set up office after her election. He ended up serving for six months longer than that, and stated firmly that his departure had nothing to do with the recent firestorm over AG Kane's refusal to prosecute a sting case.

"It's extremely frustrating that you are not really able to tell the full story," Mr. King said. In his view, leaks surrounding the investigation were improperly conducted, leading to "chaos." Mr. King also said he had also worked closely with AG Kane in recruiting H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. to conduct a review of the Attorney General's Office's investigation of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach convicted of child sexual abuse: "I felt that it would be very unfair to him for me to leave" before the review was concluded, he said.

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