AGG Adds International Business, Food and Drug Practices to DC Office

Arnall Golden Gregory’s Washington office, which opened in January with a focus on privacy law, has expanded its scope to strengthen the firm’s International Business and Food and Drug practices.

Joining Atlanta-based AGG in the nation’s capital are Partners Michael E. Burke and P. Terrence Gaffney and Of Counsel Gene Burd.

Mr. Burke’s practice focuses on structuring cross-border transactions and advising clients on U.S. export controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Burke also is involved in venture capital and private equity financing and private company M&A. He is an editor of the Thomson/West book Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China, and is chair-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. Mr. Burke had chaired the Asia & Pacific Team at Williams Mullen.

Mr. Burd has been advising companies on conducting business in the former Soviet Union for nearly 15 years, and also represents foreign companies in the U.S. The majority of his work involves international dispute resolution. Mr. Burd served as managing director of the Marks, Sokolov & Burd Ukrainian office. He is co-chair-elect of the Russia/Eurasia Law Committee of the ABA Section of International Law.

Mr. Gaffney has more than 20 years experience representing clients before the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, Congress and other government agencies. He will be working closely with Alan G. Minsk, leader of AGG’s Food and Drug Team, and William H. Kitchens, Partner in the Healthcare / Life Sciences Practice Group. Mr. Gaffney formerly was an attorney at SmithKline Beecham and a critical care nurse at a large teaching hospital.

“We’re delighted to bring these quality lawyers on board,” Managing Partner Glenn P. Hendrix said. “They enhance two of our core practice areasLife Sciences and International Business.”

The Washington DC office is led by Privacy Partner Robert R. Belair. Working with Mr. Belair on privacy matters are Partners Kevin Coy and Montserrat C. Miller, and Associate Kim Phan.  America’s dean of privacy attorneys, Alan F. Westin, Columbia University professor emeritus, is a senior policy advisor.