Virginia’s new attorney general has terminated the appointments of two private law firms hired to represent former Gov. Bob McDonnell in his official capacity and members of his office.
McDonnell still has privately retained attorneys for representation in connection with a federal investigation of his relationship with a benefactor.
Attorney General Mark R. Herring sent termination letters to both Anthony F. Troy of Eckert Seamans and Brian L. Whisler of Baker & McKenzie. Troy’s firm represented McDonnell in his official capacity as governor and the office of Gov. McDonnell. Whisler’s firm represented other members of the office of Gov. McDonnell.
The outside counsel contracts were entered into because of a conflict involving former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The conflict no longer exists, Herring’s office said in a news release.
“I don’t know if there is any further need for representation in an official capacity,” Troy said. “A large part if not most of the work was complete,” he added.
Cuccinelli had said the appointments might continue after he left office, but Herring apparently determined otherwise. The two firms charged a total of nearly $785,000 in fees for their work.