Richard Roper Quoted in Law360 on Tips For Prosecutors Switching Sides

“The Revolving Door: 6 Tips For Prosecutors Switching Sides”

The lure of a well-compensated gig in private practice has for years coaxed many a government lawyer to make the move through the revolving door to the defense side, but former prosecutors say departing public attorneys should be prepared to roll up their sleeves and embrace a different frame of mind.

It may seem simple, but experts say it’s important to get out of the mindset of a prosecutor and into that of a defense attorney. Richard Roper, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, now of Thompson & Knight LLP, said you need to recognize you are no longer on the government’s team.

“Be prepared to zealously challenge their theories and acknowledge that your former governmental colleagues can be wrong,” Roper said.