Roland Burris, the man appointed today by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, is employed as an attorney for a Milwaukee law firm.
Burris is of senior counsel at Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, a Milwaukee-based company that was established in 1989 and is one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the nation. Burris works at the firm's Chicago office.
Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.
The embattled governor, who may soon face federal charges and state impeachment hearings in Illinois, praised the 71-year-old Burris for his integrity and asked that his corruption allegations not "taint this good and honest man."
Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan provides corporate legal services for mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies.