John Edwards looking to open new law firm
June 5th, 2013
07:35 AM ET
11 months ago

John Edwards looking to open new law firm

(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.”


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka Take Back the House aka No Redemption Votes

    “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,”
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    I wonder why Mark Sanford's misuse of taxpayer money wasn't scrutinized as harshly as Edwards misuse of campaign finance money.

    June 5, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. ladyjag

    Hope no one uses services. This man is a disappointment to the State of NC, he is an embarrassment. I would not use him as attorney nor recommend him.

    June 5, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. Guess

    No Class Consuling. where morals never matter

    June 5, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Watch all the law firms in this nation. These idiots are the biggest problems. Entire legal system is flawed. Nation needs to change it.

    June 5, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. Loyalright

    The ambulance chaser returns to what he does best.

    June 5, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Pintu

    So, Edwards, made millions ripping off doctors, insurance companies and his own litigants by charging enormous fees that got him that mansion.He manipulated his jury into deadlocking over illegal campaign financing.He cheated on his wife.Hes a shameless sob.And now he's back in the business of ripping us off.Look out North Carolina!

    June 5, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Speaking after the trial, Edwards made a public apology for his misdeeds."

    Well, thank goodness for that. There is nothing more vile than a political candidate who doesn't "apologize" for their misdeeds and seek "forgiveness" for their sins. Especially after they have been hauled into court and been branded a first class liar.

    /sarcasm

    June 5, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Sadie Boyd

    Does he still have his license? Unbelievable!

    June 5, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Dirtbag is going back to chasing ambulances I see... he should be cleaning up after the circus elephants, not practicing law.

    June 5, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |