Gates, the Microsoft founder and Microsoft CEO, has hired a firm that specialized in corporate crime defense and is looking to expand to other types of litigation, according to a LinkedIn profile.
He will become an executive partner in Gersh, a Chicago law firm that focuses on corporate criminal cases.
The firm, which was founded in 2004, focuses on the areas of corporate crime, fraud, securities, antitrust, antitrust and consumer fraud.
Gates will be joining a group of partners that includes a former US attorney and former chief financial officer for the Federal Trade Commission, according an announcement from the firm.
The announcement did not specify how much the firm would be paid.
Gersd has been looking for a partner since 2014.
It has had an annual turnover of $20 million to $30 million and has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.
Gates’ involvement comes amid an intensifying debate over the role of corporations in criminal cases and the use of private legal firms in cases involving major corporations.
“Companies need to be able to defend themselves, and we need them to be allowed to be as effective as they can be,” said Tom Anderson, who served as a senior adviser to the Office of the US Attorney General under President George W. Bush.
Gates is the second prominent figure to hire a private law firm.
In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Morgan Stanley CEO Jamie Dimon, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, would become a director at his own law firm, the law firm of Covington & Burling.
Morgan Stanley and other companies have also been embroiled in controversy for charging fees for legal services to small businesses.
In a memo, Dimon’s office said that the practice of charging fees to small firms violates federal law and has “created an unnecessary and unfair burden” on smaller businesses.
The practice has been banned in many states.