John Edwards Looking to Open New Law Firm
By CNN Political Unit
(CNN) — Former Sen. John Edwards is looking to open a new law firm this September, a source told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
The firm will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will focus on plaintiff work, the source said. Before entering politics, Edwards was a nationally known attorney who specialized in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability lawsuits, earning millions.
Edwards, the 2004 candidate for vice president who went on to make a bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, admitted to an extramarital affair in August 2008. His mistress, Rielle Hunter, was a onetime videographer for his presidential bid.
At the time, the former North Carolina senator denied paternity of the daughter Hunter had given birth to six months earlier, but eventually acknowledged paternity of the girl. Edwards’ legally separated from his wife, Elizabeth, in January 2010. Eleven months later, Elizabeth died of cancer.
The Justice Department had accused Edwards of using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to keep his pregnant mistress under wraps as he mounted a second presidential bid in 2008. But after more than 50 hours of deliberation, a North Carolina jury acquitted him in May 2012 on one of the six counts against him and deadlocked on the other five.
Speaking after the trial, Edwards made a public apology for his misdeeds.
“While I do not believe I did anything illegal or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. And there is no one else responsible for my sins,” he said.
Since the trial, Edwards has led a private life away from cameras. He has granted no interviews, and spent most of his time at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hunter said in June 2012 that she and Edwards had split up.
He’s scheduled to speak at a client retreat Thursday in Orlando for the legal marketing firm PMP. A schedule for the event, which is titled “Historic Trials of the Century,” has Edwards speaking for 45 minutes, and participating in an hour and a half question-and-answer session.
The North Carolina State Bar listed Edward’s status as “active,” and says he’s “presently eligible to practice law in North Carolina.”