By Robert Willmann
After being sanctioned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in June 2021 for violating the duty of candor and the court’s local rules, attorney Marc Elias left the Perkins & Coie law firm in Washington D.C. by announcement on 22 August 2021. Ten other partners and three attorneys left at the same time. Special counsel John Durham indicted one member of that law firm (Michael Sussmann) on 16 September 2021 in connection with his investigation regarding “the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns ….”  After forming a new law firm called the Elias Law Group on 2 September 2021, Elias has surfaced in the race for Virginia governor between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin.
The new Elias firm filed a lawsuit for the Democratic Party of Virginia in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia on 22 October 2021. The case is against the Post Office through Frank Veal, in his official capacity as the South Atlantic Division Manager for the United States Postal Service, and Gerald Roane, in his official capacity as Virginia District Manager of the United States Postal Service. I have not included the original filed complaint because it is basically blah blah blah.
The Virginia Democratic Party (VDM) on 25 October requested a temporary restraining order. The Post Office filed a memorandum in opposition to a restraining order. On 27 October, the day of the hearing, the parties announced an agreed order.