According to legal analysts, Governor Gibbons' decision to hire high-priced Washington, DC, attorney Abbe Lowell shows he's taking seriously an FBI investigation into the governor's associations with a company awarded secret military contracts when Gibbons was in Congress.
Federal law enforcement officials have said the FBI is investigating Gibbons' failure to properly report gifts or payments from the software company that won the contracts.
Laurie Levenson is a former federal prosecutor who is a Loyola Law School professor in Los Angeles.
She says people don't hire someone like Lowell unless they face ``a serious matter,'' and Lowell will help Gibbons stay on top of the case.
The company involved in the case is eTreppid Technologies of Reno, owned by Warren Trepp, a longtime Gibbons friend who contributed nearly $100,000 to the Republican's campaign for governor.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a federal grand jury in Washington has begun issuing document subpoenas in the investigation.
Gibbons has denied any wrongdoing.