SOURCE: Greenberg Traurig

November 16, 2006 13:16 ET

Major General John D. Altenburg (Ret.) Returns to Greenberg Traurig After Leave of Absence to Serve in the Office of Military Commissions

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 16, 2006 -- The international law firm Greenberg Traurig announced today that Major General John D. Altenburg, Jr. (USA, retired) has returned to full time practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. In December 2003, at a time the Office of Military Commissions was front page news worldwide, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called upon General Altenburg to serve as the Appointing Authority, with responsibility to administer war crimes trials of al Qaeda and Taliban detainees under the President's Military Order of November 13, 2001. General Altenburg took a leave of absence from the firm to devote his efforts full time to the Military Commissions.

A member of the Government Contracts and Governmental Affairs groups, General Altenburg will again focus his practice on government contracts litigation, international law, and government affairs. The scope of his practice will include homeland defense and national security affairs, ethics and corporate compliance, Congressional liaison, multilateral development bank and federal agency debarment proceedings, and multilateral development bank and corporate compliance monitoring, and voluntary disclosure and financial disclosure programs.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig in 2002, General Altenburg served 28 years as an Army lawyer, where he represented the Army before Congress, numerous state and local governments, and in U.S. and German courts. He advised, counseled, and negotiated at all levels within the Army, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice, frequently on matters of great interest to Members of Congress and the national media. As the Army's Deputy Judge Advocate General (1997-2001), he advised senior military and civilian DoD leaders on critical legal and policy issues and directed the day-to-day operations of 1800 civilian and uniformed attorneys and 3000 National Guard and Army Reserve attorneys in providing comprehensive legal services to one million commanders, soldiers, and civilians of the Army worldwide. Immediately following retirement, he was a consultant to the Office of the President, World Bank, on corporate governance and business ethics issues.

In recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the nation in peace and war, General Altenburg was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2) the Bronze Star Medal (2), and most recently, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He previously served as the U.S. Representative, Experts Panel of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and is currently Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, President, VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Judge Advocates Association. Last year he was named one of the Law Dragon 500 leading lawyers in the United States.

"We are delighted and honored to welcome General Altenburg back to the firm," said Joe Reeder, Greenberg Traurig's Regional Managing Shareholder. "John is a superb lawyer, and had a distinguished career serving our nation, both as a soldier and then as a civilian executive. A consummate professional, he commands a national reputation as a leader of unimpeachable integrity and sound judgment, who was called out of retirement to handle national security matters of the very highest priority. Having this great lawyer back full time to the firm brings us and our clients a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and Washington savvy. Already, many of our government contracts and international law clients are seeking his sound counsel."

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