David Lat Leaving Wonkette for New Legal Blog

Elizabeth Spiers has hired a blogger away from her former boss, Nick Denton.

David Lat, who has been cowriting Denton's Washington political blog, Wonkette.com, since January, is leaving to join Spiers at her new company to develop a law blog, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Lat was formerly an assistant U.S. attorney and the anonymous author of the blog Underneath Their Robes until Jeffrey Toobin outed him in a Talk of the Town piece in The New Yorker late last year.

Spiers declined to comment, but sources said Lat has given notice at Gawker Media. He evidently wanted to return to writing about law, and is said to have approached Spiers about launching a companion site to her financial blog, Dealbreaker.com.

Details here from Women's Wear Daily (2nd item). (via Bashman)