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Former Sacramento U.S. attorney heads to Palo Alto law firm

Benjamin Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, at his office at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Wagner, 56, stepped down from his position at the end of April with plans to seek employment with a Northern California law firm.
Benjamin Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, at his office at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Wagner, 56, stepped down from his position at the end of April with plans to seek employment with a Northern California law firm. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Benjamin Wagner, the former U.S. attorney in the Sacramento-based Eastern District of California, will join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, one of California’s largest law firms, as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday.

Wagner will be in the firm’s Palo Alto office and focus on the representation of clients under investigation or already charged with white-collar crime. Wagner stepped down in April, saying he would seek employment at a law firm, but did not name a firm at that time.

Wagner served as a federal prosecutor in Sacramento for 24 years.

Before ascending to the top spot in the U.S. attorney’s office, Wagner handled some significant and high-profile criminal cases, including two Shasta County brothers whose hate drove them to torch three Sacramento synagogues, various political figures in San Joaquin County ensnared in bribery and public corruption investigations, and three immigration lawyers and two interpreters working a massive asylum fraud.

“He is widely recognized for his superb trial and advocacy skills, his eloquent writing, his sound judgment and his integrity,” Ken Doran, chairman and managing partner of Gibson Dunn, said of Wagner in the firm’s news release.

Wagner, 56, reunites with Chuck Stevens, who served as the U.S. attorney in Sacramento from 1993 to 1997, and who is now partner in charge of Gibson Dunn’s San Francisco office and co-chair of the firm’s white-collar defense and investigations practice.

Denny Walsh: 916-321-1189

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