Former U.S. Congressman Michael A. Andrews has joined King & Spalding as a senior counsel in its government advocacy and public policy practice, in Washington, DC, the firm has announced. He will advise clients on an array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government, especially on issues related to energy and healthcare. Andrews most recently was a lawyer in private practice. “We are delighted to welcome Michael to our team,” said Thomas J. Spulak, leader of King & Spalding’s government advocacy and public policy practice. “He brings a deep understanding of the Beltway and public policy counseling to the firm. Given Michael’s long tenure in the legislative arena, we know he will provide invaluable counsel to our clients.”
Mr. Andrews was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1982 and represented the 25th congressional district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years (1983-1995). He served as a member of the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee and was a member of the Budget and Joint Economic Committees. Mr. Andrews led bipartisan efforts to draft and pass legislation important to U.S. energy and trade sectors, including advocating for energy tax incentives critical to the oil and gas industry. He also focused on the burgeoning renewable energy sector. In the private sector he continues to play a leading role in the drafting and passage of legislation important to the wind and geothermal industries and is a leading advocate to promote U.S. renewable energy policies. Mr. Andrews is a trustee emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of a widely recognized book about the restoration of historic public buildings, Historic Texas Courthouses. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Joshua C. Toll has been appointed to the position of pro bono counsel of King & Spalding. He replaces partner William E. Hoffmann, Jr., who retired from the firm in December 2012.
Mr. Toll, a counsel in the firm’s special matters and government investigations practice, had been chair of the Washington, DC office’s pro bono committee for the past six years. In his new role, he will be responsible for working with leaders across the firm to develop and execute King & Spalding’s pro bono program.
“I am pleased that Josh has accepted this new role," said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of the firm. “King & Spalding has a rich pro bono tradition, and we look forward to the leadership that Josh will bring to our pro bono efforts.”
Under Mr. Toll’s direction, King & Spalding’s Washington office has had a number of notable pro bono victories, including overturning a death-sentence conviction on behalf of a Virginia death-row inmate, obtaining a major settlement to reform poor conditions at a DC public hospital and achieving 10 victories and settlements in the representation of indigent DC residents. The office also was recognized by the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit for outstanding public service in 2012.
Mr. Toll’s practice focuses on government investigations, white collar criminal litigation, complex civil litigation, internal investigations and compliance counseling. Before joining King & Spalding in 2006, he was a trial attorney with the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland.