The Washington Times - January 31, 2011, 11:37AM

Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, who retired from the Senate in early January, has taken a job with the law firm McGuireWoods as a partner in its Washington office.

Bayh will serve as a strategic advisor to the firm’s most significant domestic and international clients — particularly those whose business goals are impacted by public policy, the actions of Congress, the executive branch or state governments nationwide, the firm announced Monday.

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The former two-term senator, a moderate Democrat who was known on Capitol Hill for working well with Republicans, also will serve as a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s public affairs subsidiary.

“In public service he was known for working with Democrats and Republicans, not to score political points, but rather to drive consensus around issues that mattered most,” said Richard Cullen, McGuireWoods’ chairman. “He will help us and our clients understand how to get things done in an environment rife with partisan perils but aching for sensible, common-ground solutions.”

Bayh —a former Indiana governor – said the firm’s national and increasingly global presence will give him a “broad platform to develop a challenging practice serving a wide variety of clients at the highest level.”

McGuireWoods is one of the nation’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers serving corporate and institutional clients from 19 offices in the United States and Europe.

In addition to his practice at McGuireWoods, Bayh also serves as a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management in New York.