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Life Imitating Art: Private Practice Attorneys Who Switch Sides to the Government's Team

CBS's new show Shark, chronicles the legal crusades of Sebastian Stark (played by James Wood), a celebrity criminal defense lawyer who switches sides and joins the D.A.'s office.

In a case of life imitating art, 60-year old Garland McInnis recently went to work for the Harris County Attorney's Office (in Texas) after a 31-year career spent defending individuals wrongfully accused of child abuse. He now represents Child Protective Services in its efforts to terminate the parental rights of wayward caregivers.

Another lawyers who switched sides is Robert Soard, who for years represented homeowners associations and real estate investors, but now heads the county attorney's real property division and oversees eminent domain cases.

For lawyers who feel burned out by the long hours of private practice, a switch to public service could be the answer.

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