Rajaratnam Lawyer Says Trial Is His Last

Apr 27 2011 | 12:53pm ET

John Dowd has had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer. But the lead attorney for Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam said the latter's grueling seven-week long insider-trading trial will be his last.

"It's a young man's game," he told CNBC during closing arguments last week. He told the cable network that he was "tired."

When CNBC asked whether the Rajaratnam trial had pushed him into retirement, he laughed and said he only decided to give up trials "after I got into it."

Dowd is probably best known for producing the 1989 report on baseball great Pete Rose's gambling. His findings led Rose to be barred for life from baseball, a sentence that has kept him out of the sport's Hall of Fame. But Dowd, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, also represented Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the former Republican presidential candidate, against corruption allegations in the early 1990s, and former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, who was convicted of extortion and bank fraud in 1997.

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