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Six-term congressman played important roles in both health care and tax legislation


Washington, DC, December 16, 2014…Venable LLP announced today that six-term Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach will join Venable LLP in the Legislative and Government Affairs Group in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

In the 113th Congress, Congressman Gerlach served on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittees on Health and Select Revenue. He was considered by many to be the lead Republican on Ways and Means Manufacturing Working Group. Prior to his 12 years in Congress, Congressman Gerlach served two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and two terms in the Pennsylvania Senate.

"We are very pleased to have Jim Gerlach join our Legislative and Government Affairs Practice Group", said Brock Landry, Co-Chairman of the firm's Government Division. "We are anxious to introduce him to our clients. He has been a highly respected legislator throughout his years of service and his knowledge and style fit perfectly with our Venable team. We anticipate enormous attention to both health care and tax policy in the next Congress, so Jim's experience will be critically important."

"The addition of Congressman Gerlach will augment our Venable legislative team's ability to serve clients whose business needs require a keen understanding of government affairs and legislative strategies combined with an appreciation of the challenges presented by the executive branch and regulatory agencies. He joins a law firm which is equally well known as a full service provider of 'private law' specialties such as M&A, tax, real estate, IP, labor and employment and litigation strengths," Landry added.

That Venable team includes former Democratic Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh and former Secretary of Transportation Jim Burnley as well as several veteran Capitol Hill legislative staffers and policy advisors from both sides of the aisle.

"Venable is one of the most respected names in Washington with an especially strong record of leadership in government affairs", said Congressman Gerlach. "I have had the opportunity over the years to work with several Venable attorneys and advisors, especially Legislative Practice Group Co-Chairs, Will Nordwind and Rob Smith, and I look forward to working with them in the challenging legislative environment ahead."

Mr. Gerlach graduated cum laude from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and from the Dickinson School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.

In addition to the firm's Washington, DC office, Congressman Gerlach will also work out of the firm's Wilmington, DE office.

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Note: Venable is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm serving clients globally. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Virginia, Venable LLP lawyers and legislative advisors serve the needs of our domestic and global clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and government affairs around the globe.