Andrew Luger will join the Jones Day law firm in its Minneapolis office as a partner in its investigations and white collar defense practice, the firm announced Tuesday.
Luger recently stepped down as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, where he has served since February, 2014. He will practice at Jones Day and continue with volunteer/pro bono activities in connection with hate crimes and violent extremism, as he previously announced. Luger told Minnesota Lawyer he wants to work on those issues nationally and internationally, and Jones Day’s 44 offices around the world will assist in that work.
Luger’s record during the last several years as U.S. attorney included the prosecution of nine ISIL recruits from Minneapolis, the prosecution of Danny Heinrich who confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Jacob Wetterling and cases involving human trafficking. The office also prosecuted major financial crimes.
Luger has said that he plans to set up a support network for early intervention and disengagement that will bring together different ideological and faith communities.
The country is facing such a serious issue with hate crime, as exemplified by the mass shooting of churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by self-identified white supremacist Dylan Roof, that Luger wants to contribute to the effort against that, he said. “I want to do anything I can to assist the work of others.”
He has said that full examination and disclosure of the facts of terror recruitment and other crimes is critical in addressing the issues.
“Facts have to matter,” he told Minnesota Lawyer. “We can’t retreat into our narrative.”