U.S. Chief District Judge Sven Erik Holmes is leaving the federal bench to join Big Four firm KPMG LLP in the newly created position of vice chair of legal affairs.

Judge Holmes, 53, chief judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, will resign in March from the federal bench in Tulsa, where he has served for ten years. He will serve as KPMG's chief legal officer and will direct the office of general counsel and the ethics and compliance functions within the firm. His appointment is expected to be formally ratified by KPMG's partnership later this month.

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