Tuesday, February 21, 2006



staff report

NEW ORLEANS — Adams and Reese LLP announced former Insurance Commissioner of Louisiana J. Robert Wooley has joined the firm as of today.

"My decision was made after careful consideration for my family, the employees of the Department of Insurance and the voters who placed their confidence in me more than two years ago," Wooley said of his decision to step down from public office earlier this month. "When I joined the Department (of Insurance) in 1999, for what I saw as a brief time, I never imagined I would become commissioner.

"I have always said that I am not a politician. That made my decision to run for commissioner then just as difficult as the decision to leave the office. However, looking to the future, I decided to leave public office to pursue new opportunities."

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