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King & Spalding

April 11, 2016 08:16 ET

Former NHTSA Chief Counsel Jacqueline Glassman Joins King & Spalding's Automotive Practice in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 11, 2016) - King & Spalding announced today that former chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Jacqueline Glassman has joined the tort and environmental practice as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Glassman joins King & Spalding from Hogan Lovells, where she was a partner.

"Jackie is one of the top NHTSA practitioners today and will serve as a tremendous resource to our many automotive industry clients," said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. "Jackie is yet another example of the high-level addition we have strived to make in our sector-focused practices. We are delighted to welcome her to the firm."

Carol Wood, head of the firm's tort and environmental practice, added: "Not only can Jackie provide clients in the transportation sector with regulatory support, her work with manufacturers and equipment suppliers combined with her government experience means she can offer perspective and insight that few can match."

Glassman's practice focuses on advising and counseling automakers and suppliers across a wide range of high profile issues, including greenhouse gases and safety matters. She has also advised in the automotive and communications sector on issues surrounding Internet-connected vehicles. Her clients include major U.S., Japanese and Korean-based global automotive companies. She served as chief counsel of the NHTSA from 2002 to 2005, and as acting administrator from 2005 to 2006. From 1993 until 2002, she was a senior corporate counsel at Chrysler, and prior to that, Glassman was in private practice for five years. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

"The K&S platform and unsurpassed experience in the auto sector will provide the insight, resources and team needed to counsel the range of clients I work with," said Glassman. "I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues at K&S across the spectrum of issues our clients face today, including building out safety programs, navigating autonomous/frontier technology, ensuring regulatory compliance and addressing defect investigations."

"Jackie's work at the nexus of regulatory, government investigations and counseling on potential tort and environment issues is a perfect reflection of the range of work of our D.C. office," said Wick Sollers, office managing partner of the firm's D.C. office. "We are excited to work with her."

Glassman is joined at King & Spalding by Christine Iannetta who will work in the firm's tort and environmental practice as counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. Iannetta was also previously at Hogan Lovells. At Hogan, Iannetta served as government regulatory and environment counsel, working closely with automotive manufacturers and equipment suppliers to provide counsel to address their questions in the areas of safety-related recalls, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Prior to joining Hogan, Iannetta was a senior trial attorney in the Litigation and Enforcement Division of the NHTSA. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from University of Georgia and her J.D., cum laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. 

Automotive Practice

Glassman and Iannetta will join King & Spalding's long-standing automotive practice, which encompasses work for domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers, component part suppliers and dealerships as well as representation and counseling of clients before Congress, various government agencies, and federal and state courts across the country. The group regularly counsels the world's leading companies in the sector on their most complex, high profile product liability and tort litigation, bankruptcies and Congressional oversight and investigative committee inquiries. 

Washington, D.C. Office

The firm's D.C. office has built strength across a number of legislative, regulatory and enforcement disciplines-government investigations, government affairs and public policy, FDA and life sciences, healthcare, energy/FERC, international trade/FTC, intellectual property and financial services. It has a long history of attracting lawyers from such agencies as the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Food & Drug Administration and International Trade Commission. King & Spalding was ranked No. 1 in National Law Journal's most recent "Influence 50" List, which measures law firms that were most active in helping clients address regulatory and enforcement issues in the global economy. 

Other recent additions to King & Spalding's D.C. office include Granta Y. Nakayama (EPA), Ilana Saltzbart (EPA) and Joseph Eisert, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis last year. Last week, Gary Messplay, Sheldon Bradshaw (FDA) and Kyle Sampson (FDA) joined the firm's FDA & Life Sciences practice from Hunton & Williams. Also recently new to the D.C. office is Lisa Dwyer who joined directly from the FDA and Stephen Vaughn who joined the international trade practice from Skadden.

About King & Spalding

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