Wiley Rein & Fielding (WRF) has announced that Craig A. Berrington, senior vice president and general counsel of the American Insurance Association (AIA), will join the firm as a partner in its nationally recognized Insurance Practice on January 1.
A highly respected representative of the insurance industry, Mr. Berrington brings his extensive knowledge and experience to the firm's expanding Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Group. Working closely with former DC Insurance Commissioner Lawrence H. Mirel, who joined WRF in October, he will provide clients with expertise gained through his role in addressing crucial insurance industry concerns before Congress, state legislatures, numerous agencies of state andfederal governments and the courts nationwide.
Mr. Berrington's prominent stature in the insurance community reflects his nearly two decades as the chief legal officer of the AIA, a leading trade association for property/casualty insurers in the United States. During his tenure, he served as a top representative of the U.S. insurance industry on state and federal public policy and litigation matters.
In 2002, Mr. Berrington played a major role on behalf of the insurance industry in drafting and negotiating the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). Over the past two years, he has been the industry's principal witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on federal asbestos reform legislation. He has also testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on federal reform of insurance regulation.
Wiley Rein also has announced that Scott D. Delacourt, deputy bureau chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will return to the firm as Of Counsel in its preeminent Communications Practice effective January 3.
Mr. Delacourt, who began his legal career as an associate with the firm, will join the more than a dozen former FCC officials practicing communications law at WRF and will add to the firm's experience and expertise in this field. He will advise clients on a wide range of wireless and broadband telecommunications issues.
As deputy bureau chief, Mr. Delacourt was the lead FCC official responsible for reviewing several billion dollar wireless transactions, including the Sprint/Nextel, Cingular/AT&T Wireless and ALLTEL/Western Wireless mergers. Prior to serving as deputy bureau chief, Mr. Delacourt was the Bureau's chief of staff. He has also served as senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel and as a legal advisor to the Wireless Bureau Chief.