FEC General Counsel Lawrence H. Norton and Deputy General Counsel James A. Kahl will resign from the agency on February 16, 2007, to enter private practice with the law firm of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
Mr. Norton has served as General Counsel since September 2001, after coming to the Commission from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Since Mr. Norton joined the Commission, the Office of General Counsel has made significant strides, closing cases more quickly with higher penalties than ever before.
"I am proud of the role of the Commission's staff in implementing and defending the most sweeping changes in campaign finance law in over a quarter century," said Mr. Norton. "As the Commission faces new challenges, I have no doubts that the Office of the General Counsel will continue to provide the highest quality of advice to the Commission and service to the public."
Mr. Kahl has been instrumental in revamping the operations and management practices of the Office of General Counsel and in recruiting strong legal talent to the Commission.