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Morrison & Foerster, law firm
With more than a thousand lawyers in sixteen offices around the world, Morrison & Foerster offers clients comprehensive, global legal services in business and litigation. The firm is distinguished by its unsurpassed expertise in finance, life sciences, and technology, legendary litigation skills, and unrivaled reach across the Pacific Rim, particularly in Japan and China. Its corporate practices are frequently cited and ranked among the "Best Practices" in their respective markets by publications such as the American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard, Mergerstat, Bloomberg, Thomson Financial League Tables, and others.
Morrison & Foerster is on FORTUNE's list of Best Companies to Work For and American Lawyer's "A-List" (2004-2009) and, for many years running, has been among Vault survey's top law firms for diversity.
Aronson, Fetridge And Weigle, accounting firm
NOW KNOWN AS Aronson & Company
As the Mid-Atlantic region's premier accounting and consulting firm, Aronson & Company has built a tradition of excellence spanning more than 40 years. Aronson & Company specializes in comprehensive audit, tax, and consulting services for clients ranging from individual taxpayers up through publicly traded companies poised for continued success.
In 2007 and again in 2008 and 2009, A&C was named one of the Metro area's Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal. Aronson & Company has also been named to Public Accounting Report's top 50 and is ranked as a top 10 accounting and consulting firm by the Washington Business Journal.
Rubenstein Associates, public relations firm
For more than 50 years, Howard J. Rubenstein, the founder and president of Rubenstein Associates, Inc. and chairman of Rubenstein Communications, Inc., has been a recognized pioneer in the public relations industry. His management style has produced steady expansion over the course of the agency's history and attracted a loyal staff consisting of some of the industry's top professionals.
Rubenstein's broad practice areas encompass the many industries and arenas in which their clients operate. These clients span virtually every aspect of business, industry, professional services, civic endeavors, and philanthropy.
Hogan and Hartson, legislative counsel
With more than 1,100 lawyers practicing in 27 office relationships, Hogan & Hartson is one of the largest and oldest firm based in Washington D.C. From its beginnings in 1904 as a single-lawyer operation to its current status as one of the top international law firms, Hogan & Hartson carries on a tradition of excellence established by founder Frank J. Hogan.
C. Michael Gilliland As group leader of the firm's appropriations practice, Mike Gilliland has directed federal appropriations efforts that have effectively secured millions of dollars for university construction and research projects, hospital expansion projects, economic development initiatives, public transportation facilities and airports, new technology programs, and defense procurement. He also assists clients in using the appropriations process to accomplish other legislative goals, including federal agency regulatory and policy matters.
Mike has a firm knowledge of the congressional budget and appropriations process and has designed and implemented strategies to obtain federal funds for hundreds of projects. Mike also counsels clients on legislative and policy matters involving tax, energy, health, telecommunication, insurance, and other matters. He represents a broad range of clients including corporations, trade associations, universities, and nonprofit entities.
Mike also advises clients with respect to compliance with federal and state election laws, including the formation and administration of political action committees, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and congressional ethics rules.
Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson in 1991, Mike practiced in the legislative department of another major Washington, D.C. law firm. From 1987 to 1991, he served as tax and legislative counsel to the American Insurance Association, which represents more than 200 of the country's largest stock property and casualty insurance companies. While at the association, he was instrumental in drafting and negotiating the property casualty portions of the 1986 Tax Reform Act.
From 1981 to 1987, Mike was the Legislative Director for Sen. Howell Heflin of Alabama. Along with his duties as Legislative Director, he also served as counsel to the Senator on appropriations budget, energy, tax, banking, communications, space, transportation, and defense issues. Mike also served for one year as a staff attorney for the Courts and Administrative Practice Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Jeffrey W. Munk served as Legislative Counsel to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) before joining the firm. In this position, he developed and executed the Senator's major legislative initiatives on a variety of issues and counseled the Senator on legislative strategies and floor procedures. Prior to his position with Senator Hutchison, Jeff was Deputy General Counsel for the Bush-Quayle '92 campaign.
Jeff Munk's practice focuses on the representation of corporations, nonprofits, trade associations, and coalitions before the U.S. Congress, including members and staff of key Senate and House committees and leadership offices.
Jeff's appropriations work has funded an early reading program for Dallas preschool children and brought engineering education to Texas high schools. Jeff also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Washington Chorus, a Grammy Award-winning symphonic chorus that performs regularly at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Christine Warnke represents clients on legislative and regulatory matters before U.S. Congress, the White House, and various departments and independent agencies of the executive branch in the United States. She also represents national and multinational corporations, trade associations, and coalitions. Christine has spearheaded several initiatives that have both domestic and international implications, particularly in the areas of health, human rights, and women's issues. In 1998 the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognized Christine as one of Washington D.C.'s finest professionals.
Christine chaired the D.C. Commission for Women from 1996 to 1998 and was reappointed by Mayor Anthony Williams in 2002 to head this entity created to serve the needs of women throughout the nation's capital. She has been recognized by numerous national women's organizations and in 2002 received the Woman of the Year Award from the Daughters of Penelope. She recently was nominated and sworn in by Mayor Adrian Fenty to serve as one of his four appointments to the D.C. Humanities Council.
In 1994 Christine was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences. A year earlier, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, and was recently named to receive the Alumni of the Year Award for 2005.
A native Washingtonian, Christine has written numerous articles on the District of Columbia's immigrant population and history. She co-authored a book published by the Smithsonian Institution titled The Urban Odyssey. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa delivering humanitarian aid and has been an outspoken advocate on HIV/AIDS initiatives and the delivery of safe and cost-effective medication. Christine is asked to serve on a myriad of national and international boards for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities.
John Porter previously served 21 years as a U.S. Congressman from the 10th District in Illinois, where he served on the Appropriations Committee and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under the jurisdiction of his subcommittee were all of the health agencies and programs, except military and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and all of the education agencies and programs of the federal government. He also served as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Military Construction. Before his election to Congress, John served in the Illinois House of Representatives and prior to that as an honor law graduate attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Kennedy Administration. He was founder and Co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a voluntary association of more than 250 members of Congress working to identify, monitor, and end human rights violations worldwide. John authored the legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as Chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE USA).