John Edwards and his daughter, Cate (Chuck Burton/AP) John Edwards and his daughter, Cate (Chuck Burton/AP)

John Edwards is going back to his roots as a trial lawyer — with daughter Cate working at his side.

The former senator and presidential candidate — before his affair with Rielle Hunter and his career imploded — has opened a new law firm Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C., reports the News & Observer. Partners include trial lawyer David Kirby, a law school friend who worked with Edwards early in his career, and his oldest child, Cate, 31. The firm will be called Edwards Kirby and focus on civil rights and discrimination lawsuits and consumer protection.

No plans to run for office again, said Edwards, 60: “I can tell you that I’m in the business of helping other people. If I’m doing things for the right reasons, for others, I’ll let other things take care of themselves.”

Cate, a graduate of Harvard Law School, will run the firm’s second office here in Washington. “It’s always been a dream of mine” to work with her father, she told the paper. “I know my dad really well, we’ve been through a lot together, and I know in his heart he really, truly cares about his clients and he really, truly cares about the practice of law.” Plus, she added, “he’s my dad, and I love him very much.”

She also founded the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, and has been helping raise her two younger siblings: Emma Claire, 15, and Jack, 13.

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