Armey leaves DLA Piper

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) has left DLA Piper amid criticism over the role a conservative group he chairs has played in opposing healthcare reform.

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DLA Piper Frank Burch announced Armey’s decision to leave the firm in a statement Friday afternoon that emphasized there are no links between DLA Piper and FreedomWorks, the conservative group co-chaired by Armey.

“We are sorry to see Dick Armey leave. But we appreciate his taking the initiative to clear up confusion concerning FreedomWorks,” Birch said in the statement. “FreedomWorks is a separate and distinct entity from DLA Piper.”

FreedomWorks has helped organize protests at town halls around the country against efforts to reform the healthcare system.

Birch said DLA Piper has not on its own behalf or for a client directly or indirectly opposed any of the healthcare reform bills pending in Congress.

“On the contrary, DLA Piper represents clients who support enactment of effective health care reform this year,” Birch said.

The firm represents a broad array of clients across many sectors, including Charles Schwab Corporation, Rite Aid, Lockheed Martin and Verizon Communications.

Armey was House Majority Leader fro 1993 to 2005.