Michael E. Toner, a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and prominent election law expert, has returned to Wiley Rein, where he will serve as co-chair of the country's oldest and largest Election Law & Government Ethics Practice. Mr. Toner - a political veteran with a wealth of experience advising candidates, political committees, trade associations and corporate clients on federal and state election law compliance - adds further depth to a nationally recognized team that is commended by Chambers USA as a top-tier group and a "formidable force in the U.S. political arena." .
Mr. Toner, who began his legal career as an associate at Wiley Rein, has established himself as one of the nation's leading lawyers in the political law arena. Nominated to the Federal Election Commission in 2002, Mr. Toner served as FEC Chairman in 2006 and remained an FEC Commissioner until 2007. He served as Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2002 and RNC Deputy Counsel from 1997 to 1999. He also served as General Counsel of the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign, and was counsel to the Dole-Kemp presidential campaign in 1996. He has contributed to several books and often is called upon by the media to provide expert commentary and analysis.
Wiley Rein managing partner Richard E. Wiley and partners Laura A. Foggan, Lawrence W. Secrest, III, R. Michael Senkowski, Helgi C. Walker and James H. Wallace, Jr. have been named to Lawdragon's list of "500 Leading Lawyers in America."
Thirteen additional partners from across nine of the firm's practice areas were included on the Lawdragon 3,000 list, including: Rand L. Allen (Government Contracts); Jan W. Baran (Election Law & Government Ethics); Thomas W. Brunner (Insurance); James N. Czaban (Food & Drug); H. Jason Gold (Bankruptcy); Bruce G. Joseph (Intellectual Property); Carol A. Laham (Election Law & Government Ethics); Andrew G. McBride (Communications); Scott M. McCaleb (Government Contracts); Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson (Health Care); Bert W. Rein (Food & Drug); Charles Owen Verrill, Jr. (International Trade); and Nancy J. Victory (Communications).