Chambers Global Ranks Wiley Rein's International Trade And Privacy Practices Among Best in the World

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:29

For the second consecutive year, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Wiley Rein's International Trade and PrivacyPractices in its worldwide rankings.

In addition, several attorneys are singled out by Chambers Global 2012 as leaders in their field. Privacy Practice chair Kirk J. Nahra was named a Leading Lawyer in Privacy & Data Security and is recommended for his work in "healthcare, privacy, information security, compliance programs and insurance fraud issues." A source told Chambers Global that Mr. Nahra is "a fantastic lawyer who keeps abreast of new developments in the field. He avoids legal jargon and goes the extra mile for his clients."

International Trade Practice chair Alan H. Price was named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Trade Remedies & Trade Policy, while Chambers Global noted that he is "best known for his superb track record in anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases." Charles Owen Verrill, Jr., who serves as chairman emeritus of the group, is again named a Senior Statesman and "legend in the trade policy field." Mr. Verrill is praised by a source as a "very thoughtful, meticulous and extremely forthright adversary in litigation."

Tim Brightbill was also recognized for his work defending "anti-dumping orders" and has recently garnered attention for filing the first anti-dumping and countervailing duty litigation in the renewable energy sector on behalf of a coalition of U.S. solar companies. Chambers Global noted that Mr. Brightbill is "making a name for himself in the trade remedies field in particular."

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Law360 has recognized Wiley Rein Partners Daniel P. Graham and Gary P. Seligman as "Rising Stars" in their field. The honor goes to "attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age."

Mr. Graham is a partner in Wiley Rein's Government Contracts Practice, which in 2011 was selected "Group of the Year" by Law360. He counsels government contractors on a broad range of legal matters that include commercial litigation, bid protests, claims preparation and litigation.

Mr. Seligman is a partner in Wiley Rein's Insurance Practice, also named a "2011 Group of the Year" by Law360. Mr. Seligman counsels insurers in complex disputes arising under directors and officers and other professional liability coverages at the trial and appellate court levels.

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Wiley Rein Appellate and Litigation attorney Matthew Dowd recently won a highly favorable decision for several pro bono clients in an appeal before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (Board).     

Mr. Dowd and the firm represented several U.S. Postal Service employees who were adversely affected by the Postal Service’s recent National Reassessment Process (NRP). The decision will have positive effects for other Postal Service employees throughout the country who were affected by the NRP. Mr. Dowd became involved in the case after the Board issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing its plan to conduct oral argument. This is only the third time the Board has held oral argument in the past 20 years.  Oral argument was conducted in the ceremonial courtroom at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

During argument, the three-judge panel directed many questions to Mr. Dowd, agency counsel and the two counsel for amici (the National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union).  Mr. Dowd drafted and filed a post-hearing brief explaining why the Postal Service’s actions were arbitrary and capricious in view of long-standing Supreme Court and circuit court precedent, which has held that an agency must comply with its internal rules even if more stringent than formal regulations.  

The American Postal Workers Union has recognized this decision as a “landmark ruling” and summarized the case on its website.