Ex-Corbett Chief of Staff Aichele Back at Saul Ewing

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Stephen S. Aichele, who served as Gov. Tom Corbett's chief of staff until stepping down in July, is returning to Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing, where he was previously chairman.

Aichele is rejoining the firm as a partner in its real estate practice, effective today.

Aichele's last day with the Corbett administration, in which he had been serving as senior adviser, was Oct. 18.

Saul Ewing managing partner David S. Antzis said the firm expressed interest in bringing Aichele back into the fold immediately upon the announcement of his stepping down as chief of staff, but that his agreement to return was only finalized a few days ago.

"He had a number of opportunities and ultimately had to decide if he was going to come back," Antzis said.

Aichele told The Legal on Thursday that, until the firm reached out to him, he had never assumed or even considered that Saul Ewing would want him to return if he ever left government.

Once it became clear that he would be welcomed there, however, Aichele, 65, said he needed to first decide whether he wanted to continue working and, if so, whether he still wanted to go back to practicing law.

Aichele said that while he enjoyed his time in government, "in the end, I think of myself as a lawyer."

Once he reached that conclusion, Aichele said, the decision to rejoin Saul Ewing became clear.

"I had some really good inquiries from law firms and even a couple of offers, but if I'm going to be a lawyer, how could I be anywhere else but Saul Ewing?" Aichele said, adding, "If you asked me who my 20 closest friends are, 10 are from Saul Ewing. How am I going to go out and compete against those people?"

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