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As the Obama presidency enters its final year, high-level administration officials seeking new homes at big firms dominate our list of star laterals. The attorney general left for private practice; so did top staffers at the fraud, antitrust and criminal divisions, a senior adviser to the U.S. mission to the United Nations and the general counsel of the National Security Agency. Meanwhile, three household names exited Am Law 200 firms for small shops, and one of the profession's best-known advocates for activist investors switched sides, moving to Morgan Stanley. The lesson? In law as in life, change is the only constant.

Rajesh De
Moved to: Mayer Brown
From: National Security Agency

NSA general counsel De moves to Mayer Brown to head its global cybersecurity and data privacy practice. In addition to his NSA post, De's background includes a White House position as staff secretary and deputy assistant to the president and work as counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.

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