A former U.S. Attorney in Texas has joined one of the state's biggest law firms.

Don DeGabrielle, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas, has joined Fulbright & Jaworski's international government investigations and white-collar defense practice, according to a press release.

DeGabrielle served for nearly three years as the U.S. attorney before stepping down this month, and spent 22 years in public service.

"Don has earned the respect of both his fellow prosecutors and defense lawyers alike," Steven B. Pfeiffer, who chairs Fulbright's executive committee, said in a news release. "He is well known to our white collar defense lawyers and is highly respected for his skill in the courtroom, his diplomacy and most importantly, his ability to be measured and fair. He is an important addition to our white collar team."

Early in his career, DeGabrielle was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York and Louisiana. He later joined the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office in Louisiana, where he supervised the trial division.

After a brief time in private practice, DeGabrielle joined the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Texas in 1986.

He also spent a year as the resident legal adviser to the South African National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, serving as a consultant and advisor for pending criminal matters.

Fulbright & Jaworski's white-collar defense practice group handles complex government investigations and related litigation on behalf of international corporations and Fortune 500 companies, their officers and directors.

The firm has 896 lawyers in 16 locations worldwide.

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