That moment may have come. The 68-year-old has joined the law firm DLA Piper as a senior policy adviser in the company’s Chicago and Washington offices. While LaHood is no lawyer, he’s often displayed Lincolnesque traits in unknotting warring parties in politics. With plenty of Washington savvy and easy entrée on the Hill and in the Obama administration, look for him to be a major rainmaker and problem solver for Piper. He takes along with him Joan DeBoer, who was his chief of staff at USDOT.