Nov. 10 (UPI) — Douglas Emhoff will depart his legislation agency as he turns into the primary second gentleman when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, a marketing campaign spokesperson confirmed.

Emhoff, a 56-year-old leisure and mental property lawyer for the worldwide legislation agency DLA Piper and partner of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will formally depart his legislation agency by Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, a marketing campaign spokesperson confirmed.

Emhoff joined DLA Piper a number of years in the past as a accomplice in its Mental Property and Expertise observe and its Media, Sports activities and Leisure sector based mostly in its Los Angeles and Washington, DC, workplaces. He beforehand labored on the legislation agency Venable, the place he labored on the agency’s enlargement to the West Coast.

He has been on a depart of absence since August, when Biden named his spouse as his operating mate.

“Mr. Emhoff is working with the Biden-Harris transition workforce to develop the portfolio he’ll deal with to assist the work of the administration,” the spokesperson stated.

Emhoff graduated from California State College-Northridge with a bachelor’s diploma in communication and media research, and from the College of Southern California Gould Faculty of Legislation. Then, he began his authorized profession within the Los Angeles space within the 1990s, changing into a accomplice by the late 1990s.

“For over 25 years, Doug has confirmed himself in courtrooms and boardrooms throughout California and across the nation,” his DLA Piper bio states. “He represents massive home and worldwide firms and a few of in the present day’s highest profile people and influencers in complicated enterprise, actual property and mental property disputes.”

Consultants informed Bloomberg Legislation that Emhoff’s job could possibly be structured to restrict ethic’s considerations, however the agency’s wide-ranging roster of authorized and lobbying shoppers was close to sure to pose questions concerning the look of conflicts.

Emhoff would be the first second gentleman of america when his spouse is sworn in as the primary feminine, Black and South Asian American vice chairman.

Born on Oct. 13, 1964, to Jewish dad and mom, Michael and Barbara Emhoff in New York Metropolis borough of Brooklyn, Emhoff may also be the primary Jewish partner of a vice chairman.

Emhoff has two kids from his earlier marriage to Kerstin Emhoff, Cole and Ella, who name Harris “Momala.”

Harris and Emhoff have been married for six years. Shortly after the announcement that Pennsylvania was referred to as for Biden and Harris he tweeted “so happy with you.”

He’s energetic on social media with supporters calling themselves the #DougHive, modeled after Harris’ supporters referred to as the #KHive.

Emhoff met Harris on a blind date in 2013 and proposed to her after a fast courtship. They had been married at a courthouse in Santa Barbara in 2014 in a ceremony officiated by Harris’ sister Maya.