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kathleenbrown.jpgKathleen Brown, the former state treasurer and Goldman Sachs executive who moved to Chicago after her brother, Jerry Brown, was elected governor in 2010, is coming back to California.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, announced today that Brown has joined the law firm as a partner, focusing on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs.

Brown, a former gubernatorial candidate, worked for Goldman Sachs for nearly a decade before moving to the company's investment banking division in Chicago. A Goldman spokesman at the time said the move gave Brown a "broader platform," but he also said the company was aware, given her brother's election, that continuing to work in the company's public sector and infrastructure banking division in California might create the perception of a conflict of interest.

In its release today, Manatt said Brown will perform work related to the healthcare, energy and financial service industries. It touted her experience with municipal utilities in California and with bond financing here.

The statement by Manatt included prepared remarks by one of its lawyers, George Kieffer, who also heads up the nonprofit groups used by Jerry Brown to pay for his housing in Sacramento and for other government-related activities.

"She is one of a kind," Kieffer said in the statement. "Her ability to bring practical solutions to real-world challenges is a perfect fit with our culture and strategic priorities."

Brown told The Wall Street Journal in an interview last week that her brother's election did not constitute a legal conflict of interest and that her move to Chicago was for other reasons. She told the newspaper she does not plan to return to public life in California.

"No, I am very happy in the private sector," the newspaper quoted Brown as saying. "My brother takes up enough screen time."

Manatt said Brown retired from Goldman Sachs in June. At the law firm, Brown will be based in Los Angeles but will also spend time in the firm's New York and San Francisco offices, according to the statement.

PHOTO: Jerry Brown and his sister, Kathleen Brown, listen to a speaker during the memorial service for their father, former Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown at St. Cecilia's Church in San Francisco, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1996. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma


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