David Girard-diCarlo, one of the city's most prominent lawyers and political figures, has announced that he will be retiring from his position with Cozen O'Connor and moving full-time to his home in Santa Fe, N.M., by the end of the year.
Girard-diCarlo said he had made the decision to leave the firm, and step down from the board of St. Joseph's University, to spend more time with his wife in Santa Fe.
"It is time," Girard-diCarlo said. "We have lots of things we want to do and we have not had the time to do them."
Girard-diCarlo, 69, for decades has been one of the nation's best-known political fund-raisers and strategists, and played a key role for numerous Republican politicians, including President George W. Bush in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. Girard-diCarlo was rewarded for those efforts in 2008, when he was named U.S. Ambassador to Austria, a post in which he served until shortly after the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.