Michael Bryant is quietly stepping back into the business world.

The former Ontario attorney general has signed on with the Toronto-based law firm Ogilvy Renault and started work this week as part of their energy law team.

It is Bryant's first foray back into the corporate world since he was charged in August in the death of Toronto cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard.

The firm had reportedly been courting Bryant on-and-off for more than a year since he stepped down from his government post to serve as CEO of Invest Toronto, but the negotiations didn't heat up until recently.

The firm called him "imminently placed" for his new position, given his experience as former Ontario minister for economic development.

"We feel very strongly that Michael is entitled to a presumption of innocence," said Ogilvy partner John West.

West added that he didn't want to "pre-judge" Bryant, despite his pending legal case.

"He should not be treated to a lesser standard than anyone else would be," West said.

Bryant has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. His next court date is set for Monday.

With files from The Canadian Press