The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced the appointment of Jane C. Luxton, a partner in the environmental practice of King & Spalding LLP as general counsel of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ms. Luxton replaces James R. Walpole, who stepped down as the agency's general counsel last month.
As general counsel, Ms. Luxton will serve as the chief legal officer for all NOAA activities and as a policy advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. She will be responsible for managing and providing leadership to the agency's more than 90 attorneys, who are involved in trial and appellate litigation, regulatory proceedings, enforcement actions, legislative drafting and negotiation of international agreements.
Ms. Luxton's practice at King & Spalding has focused on U.S. and international environmental law. She serves as chair of the American Bar Association Environment Section's International Environmental Law Committee.
King & Spalding has announced that David J. Bloch, a regulatory lawyer with significant experience counseling pharmaceutical, medical device and other healthcare clients on healthcare and FDA regulatory issues, has joined the firm as a partner in its FDA/Healthcare practice in Washington, DC.
Mr. Bloch joins King & Spalding from Reed Smith LLP, where he was a partner. He represents clients on healthcare fraud, abuse and related compliance issues - an area of the pharmaceutical and medical device industry that is under intense scrutiny - and works with clients on a broad array of Food & Drug Administration issues.
King & Spalding has announced that Kathleen E. (Katie) McCarthy, an intellectual property lawyer with an extensive background in copyright and trademark litigation and unfair competition law, has joined the firm's trademark litigation practice as a partner in the firm's New York office.
Ms. McCarthy joins King & Spalding from Morgan & Finnegan LLP, where she was a partner. She represents clients in the areas of copyright, trademark and false advertising litigation.
King & Spalding has announced the expansion into Houston of its financial restructuring practice with the arrival of Myron (Mickey) Sheinfeld and Jarrel (Jerry) McDaniel as senior counsels. Their addition to the Houston office complements the firm's existing financial restructuring practices in Atlanta and New York, bringing to 24 the total number of lawyers in the group.
Mr. Sheinfeld, widely regarded as the "dean" of the bankruptcy bar in Houston, has more than 40 years of experience in bankruptcy and reorganization. Mr. McDaniel focuses his practice on reorganization and insolvency matters and has extensive experience litigating the value of assets.