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(Reuters) – A week after signing on to represent a former Trump administration official who faces potential sanctions after filing a lawsuit to overturn election results in Michigan, Winston & Strawn and a of its high-ranking partners are withdrawing from the business.
U.S. District Judge Linda Parker Thursday approved an order allowing Thomas Buchanan, a former federal prosecutor who co-heads Winston’s Overseas Corrupt Practices Act task force, to step down as counsel to Emily Newman, former chief of staff at the United States Agency for Global Media.
In Buchanan’s place, Newman will be represented by Timothy Galligan, a lawyer based in Clarkston, Michigan.
Winston confirmed in a statement that he “will have no further role in the case” after Monday’s sanctions hearing, but the company declined to say why.
Galligan and Newman did not respond to requests for comment. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Galligan was a partner at Winston and Detroit-based Butzel Long before going on his own in 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Galligan boasts on LinkedIn as having “extensive litigation experience in the automotive, construction, real estate, insurance and information technology industries.”
The substitution comes three days after Buchanan and Newman appeared in a six-hour hearing on Monday, where Parker appeared likely to reprimand Sidney Powell, a former campaign lawyer for Donald Trump, and other lawyers for a lawsuit that they brought in Michigan to overthrow the Democratic president. Joe Biden’s election victory.
Buchanan argued at the hearing that Newman should not be sanctioned because she was a contract lawyer who worked five hours on the trial that made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud in the U.S. presidential election. in Michigan.
He also argued that Newman had never been served with sanctions motions filed by authorities in the city of Detroit and Michigan.
Parker, who dismissed the lawsuit in December, spent much of the hearing asking Newman, Powell and other attorneys if they had checked affidavits alleging electoral fraud in Michigan before filing them in court federal. She said she would issue a written decision “in due course”.
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Additional reports by Jan Wolfe