OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorney General Drew Edmondson said Thursday he will join the law firm of GableGotwals as a shareholder in the firm’s Oklahoma City office after his term in public office ends in January 2011, according to a media release.

Edmondson has served as the state’s attorney general since his election in 1994 and served as the president of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2002 to 2003.

“Drew Edmondson has been a powerful and principled force as Oklahoma’s attorney general,” said David Keglovits, GableGotwals president. “We are excited about bringing his talents to bear on behalf of our clients.”

During his term, Edmondson was one of eight attorneys general asked to serve on the negotiating team for states involved in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry. The suit resulted in a national settlement in excess of $200 billion with the industry and will bring more than $2 billion to Oklahoma over a 25-year period.

Under his leadership, the attorney general’s office has helped reform the death penalty appeals process, established victims’ services and vigorously represented rate payers in telephone, gas and electric rate cases. On his watch, the attorney general’s office ended the Battles prison case, the Terry D. juvenile justice case and the Hissom class action lawsuit. He was instrumental in creating the constitutional Technology Trust and the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust.

“Although it will be hard to leave public service after 16 years in office, I look forward to working in private practice,” Edmondson said in the release. “I could not be more excited to become a shareholder in a firm that has such a great reputation and long history of serving public and private companies and individuals throughout the United States.”

Before his election as attorney general, Edmondson was elected, unopposed, to three consecutive terms as Muskogee County District Attorney in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He served as president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and was selected as Outstanding District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma in 1985 and the Outstanding Death Penalty Prosecutor in the 9th and 10th Circuits.

Edmondson served one term in the Oklahoma Legislature before entering the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1976. His undergraduate teaching degree is from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, which he attended after graduating from Muskogee Central High School.

Edmondson is a Navy veteran with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

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