The full memo appears below. Legal Tease’s discussion appears here.
UPDATE (7:20 PM): Garrett Waltzer’s bio has been removed from the Skadden website, but check out the cached version. Waltzer graduated from Colorado College in 1983 and UCLA Law School in 1987. He clerked for Judge Ferdinand Fernandez (C.D. Cal., now 9th Cir.) for a year, then joined Skadden in 1988.
UPDATE (2/22/2013, 9:30 AM): Vivia Chen of the Careerist interviewed Waltzer about his farewell.
UPDATE (2/22/2013, 1:00 PM): Here is additional commentary from Elie Mystal.
SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM — DEPARTURE MEMO — GARRETT WALTZER
Today is my last day as a partner of Skadden Arps. For the last 24 plus years, I have had the honor of calling the Firm my home. Starting off in the Los Angeles Office and then practicing as a partner in the Bay Area for the last 15 years, it has been a pleasure to work with so many wonderfully talented lawyers and staff in Skadden offices around the world.
I am forever grateful for the rich and diverse professional opportunities and the terrific mentoring that taught me how to be a lawyer. I am especially thankful for the many friendships I have developed with my partners and colleagues at the Firm.
I have decided to start a new phase of my life. I do not plan to practice law.
Instead, I have been blessed with the incredible good fortune of being married to TaQuita Thorns, a talented singer from Detroit, Michigan who is just beginning her career in the music business. In addition to writing and recording outstanding R&B, Rock & Soul songs, TaQuita is an energetic performer with a dazzling voice and stunning looks. I am very excited about TaQuita’s prospects. Going forward, I plan to be a supportive husband and do all I can to help TaQuita achieve her mission to improve the world through music and, in the process, become a force in the music industry.
I hope to stay in touch with my many friends at the Firm. You can always reach me at [redacted].
Best wishes for your health and happiness,
PS: you can follow TaQuita’s career at www.TaQuitaThorns.com and on her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/TaQuitaThorns. You can preview TaQuita’s new yet-to-be-released music video, “Nobody But You” by clicking http://youtu.be/WnhfHcp2f9k.