Top International Law Firm Creates Team for Congressional Oversight Management Washington, D.C., January 4, 2007 . Ty Fahner, former Attorney General of Illinois and Chairman of the international law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, announced the formation of the Congressional Oversight Strategy Group. This special team of attorneys and professionals will advise Fortune 500 clients in the United States and globally on issues projected to receive intense scrutiny by the 110th Congress. The team, headquartered in Washington, D.C., includes members of the firm's legislative, white collar defense, government contracts, banking and securities and energy practice groups. "With Washington gearing up for a period of heightened regulatory and investigative activity on the part of the Congress, our Congressional Oversight Strategy Group is well suited to assist in preparing clients for diverse challenges that lie ahead," said Mr. Fahner. "As one of the fastest growing offices of any international law firm in Washington, D.C. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is home to an impressive array of legal and legislative expertise - including former Members of Congress, Cabinet and Sub-cabinet officials, former prosecutors and heads of nationally prominent Congressional investigative committees." The firm has been actively involved in numerous Congressional and Administration investigations including the backdating of stock options, steroids in baseball, excessive professional fees, and inquiries into the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. In many of these investigations, attorneys from Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw have also dealt with the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and other key state and federal regulatory agencies' interest in ongoing matters. The members of the Congressional Oversight Strategy Group include:
  • Mickey Kantor, former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative
  • Richard Ben-Veniste, member of the 9-11 Commission, Chief Minority Counsel, Senate Whitewater Committee
  • David McIntosh, former Member of Congress and White House official
  • Peter Scher, former Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus and Staff Director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Andrew Shore, former Chief of Staff to House Republican Conference
  • Ty Fahner, former Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Rich Morvillo, Chair of the firm's Securities Enforcement Group
  • Andy Pincus, former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce and Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States Department of Justice
  • Carolyn Osolinik, former Chief Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy and former Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Howard Waltzman, former Chief Counsel for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
  • Robert Glennon, Head of firm's Tax Legislative Practice
  • James Jochum, former Counsel to Senator Charles Grassley and former Counsel to Senate Banking Committee
  • Joe Goldstein, former Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Penny Eastman, former White House staffer and senior official in Reagan Administration
  • Thomas Delaney, former Staff of House Banking Committee and Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Marcia Madsen, head of the Firm's Government Contracts Practice and Chair of the Acquisition Advisory Panel, authorized by the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 and, recently mandated by Congress to review federal contracting laws, regulation and policy
The firm's Washington office was the fastest growing of D.C.'s top 25 law offices in 2006 - with a 42 percent increase in attorneys and professionals over those on staff the previous year. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is among the largest law firms in the world with 1,500 lawyers in seven U.S. cities (Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto and Washington), six European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London and Paris), and Hong Kong.