Ex-Corbett Chief of Staff Aichele Back at Saul Ewing
Aichele added that he "was always proud of Saul Ewing."
"I thought it was a firm that had a reputation that I liked," he said.
Corbett originally tapped Aichele to serve as the state's general counsel in January 2011, when he was still Saul Ewing's chairman.
Up until that point, Aichele had spent his entire 35-year career at Saul Ewing and had served in various leadership roles, including as managing partner.
He took over as the firm's chairman in 2006, a role in which he served as the firm's "public ambassador" through participation in community affairs and in the business, civic and political organizations in which the firm participates.
In 2010, Aichele had been asked by the firm to head its project and resource development department.
Aichele said Thursday that he accepted Corbett's offer not because he was looking for a change but because he felt he was being called into service.
"I didn't leave there because I wanted to leave, I left because the governor asked me to do something I thought was important," Aichele said.
Aichele served as Pennsylvania's general counsel until May 2012, when Corbett elevated him to chief of staff.
This past July, Corbett announced that Aichele would be leaving his post and that Republican strategist and the head of Harrisburg-based lobbying firm LG Strategies, Leslie Gromis-Baker, would be taking over the position.