Ex-Corbett Chief of Staff Aichele Back at Saul Ewing

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Aichele said he spent the next few months wrapping up his work with the Corbett administration before accepting the invitation from Saul Ewing.

Recruiter Frank D'Amore told The Legal at the time of Aichele's resignation as chief of staff that attorneys who leave their firms to go into government don't always return.

"There's no definitive rule; it depends on the circumstances," D'Amore said.

David Girard-diCarlo, for example, was chairman of Philadelphia-based Blank Rome in 2008 when he decided to accept an offer to become U.S. ambassador to Austria.

But following his resignation from that position at the end of the Bush administration, Girard-diCarlo joined Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor as a partner and member of its advisory committee. He has since retired from Cozen O'Connor.

Legal consultants have said it can be difficult for an attorney who held a leadership position at a firm to go back to the same firm after some time away.

But Antzis said the firm hadn't wanted to lose Aichele in the first place, so there was never any doubt that it would offer Aichele an opportunity to rejoin if he ever went back to private practice.

"We view it as: Now he's back from his deployment," Antzis said. "We always wanted him here and we always wanted him to come back."

When asked why he agreed to return to the firm as a partner, rather than an of counsel role that wouldn't require capital contributions, Aichele said he felt it was important as a show of solidarity with the other attorneys at the firm.

"I think if you're going to be a member of the team, be a member of the team," Aichele said.

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