Washington, DC (December 5, 2011) – Venable LLP is proud to announce its new leadership team for the firm’s Government Division. The environmental group will be headed by Douglas H. GreenLindsay B. Meyer and George E. Constantine will co-chair Venable’s regulatory group.  The legislative practice group will now be co-chaired by William R. Nordwind and Robert L. Smith, II.  Heading up the public policy group will be chair Stuart P. Ingis and vice-chairs Gregory M. Gill and Ed Wilson.  Finally, Todd Harrison takes over as head of the food and drug group.

“Each of these individuals is an accomplished practitioner in his or her own respective field and has won the respect of their colleagues throughout the firm,” said Venable Managing Partner Karl Racine.  “I look forward to working with each of them and I know that they have the full support of everyone here at Venable”
Consistently ranked in Chambers USA, Mr. Green has more than 25 years of experience focusing his practice on complex administrative and appellate litigation, enforcement defense, and compliance counseling under the nation's environmental statutes.  His clients benefit from his decades of experience resolving complex environmental and administrative law issues.

For over 20 years, Ms. Meyer has provided international trade and customs advice at Venable.  She concentrates on all aspects of international trade and customs matters, advises companies on their compliance with import and export control laws and regulations, and appears before numerous regulatory authorities. 

Mr. Constantine concentrates his practice exclusively on providing legal counseling to and advocacy for trade and professional associations and other nonprofit organizations.  He has represented exempt organizations undergoing Internal Revenue Service examinations; he has assisted associations and other nonprofit organizations going through mergers, consolidations, joint ventures, and dissolutions; and he has provided ongoing counseling on numerous transactional and governance matters unique to nonprofit organizations.

A 15-year veteran of Capitol Hill,  Mr. Nordwind focuses his practice on government relations, with a concentration on matters within the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), for whom Mr. Nordwind worked for over 12 years. 

Mr. Smith represents a diverse client base including entities from the defense, pharmaceutical, health care, environmental, financial services and transportation industries. A veteran of Capitol Hill, Mr. Smith uses his experience and knowledge to advise these clients on all aspects of federal advocacy, including obtaining federal funding, marketing and sales to federal agencies and developing effective relationships with their constituent members of Congress and congressional staff. Using his numerous bi-partisan relationships on Capitol Hill, he has led many successful legislative coalition efforts on behalf of his clients. These successes are a direct result of his well-established relationships with representatives from both parties.

Mr. Ingis represents companies in a broad range of public policy issues that impact the media, Internet, communications, information services, advertising, and retail industries before the Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and other Federal and state agencies.  Mr. Ingis has represented a number of CEOs and other witnesses in testimony before Congressional Committees and represents clients in crisis management situations.

A veteran of Capitol Hill where he served as a staff member on Congressional committees and in the offices of several members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Mr. Gill counsels clients on legislative and regulatory matters across a broad range of public policy issues, including defense, health care, transportation education, labor relations and biomedical research. 

Mr. Wilson’s practice focuses on assisting private and governmental parties in negotiating laws and policies regulating money, business, investment, and political activity.  In addition, Mr. Wilson is active homeland security, fiscal issues and government contracts.

Mr. Harrison’s practice focuses on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as other federal, state, and international consumer protection agencies governing rules and regulations related to drugs, foods, dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical devices, medical foods and cosmetics.

In announcing the new leadership team, Mr. Racine added, “I also want to thank Jud Starr, Tom Lingan, Ian Volner, Milo Cividanes, Tom Quinn and David Adams for their invaluable service to their individual practice groups and to the firm at large.  They will continue to play critical roles in building these practices and providing their good counsel.”


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