SOURCE: King & Spalding

April 19, 2007 13:46 ET

Lloyd Hand, Former Top Aide to LBJ, and Dan Donovan, Top U.S. Senate Investigative Counsel, Join King & Spalding's Government Advocacy Practice

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2007 -- King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that Lloyd Hand, U.S. Chief of Protocol under President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Dan Donovan, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Senior Investigative Counsel, have joined King & Spalding's Washington, D.C., Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group. Hand and Donovan join a growing practice group which includes former senators Dan Coats and Connie Mack, as well as George Crawford, former Chief of Staff to Nancy Pelosi.

"We are extremely pleased to have Ambassador Hand join the King & Spalding government affairs team," said J. Sedwick (Wick) Sollers, managing partner of King & Spalding's Washington office. "Lloyd is one of the most respected senior statesman in Washington. As one of this town's 'wise-men,' Lloyd's extraordinary understanding of this city and his history in legislative affairs are rare, making the expertise he provides invaluable."

Hand's long history in government includes serving as an assistant to then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson. When Johnson became president, Hand served as assistant to the President and was appointed to the post of U.S. Chief of Protocol with the rank of ambassador.

Hand joins King & Spalding as senior counsel, having represented a variety of clients -- from major defense contractors and Fortune 500 companies looking to enter foreign markets, to foreign governments and financial services organizations -- before the Executive Branch, including White House and Cabinet officials, and before the Congress, including a number of committees such as the Commerce, Judiciary, Financial Services and Defense Committees.

In addition to having previously served on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and as a member of the Senior Advisory Group to the U.S. European Command, Hand currently sits on a number of international security advisory boards. He is currently a member and serves on the Executive Council on Diplomacy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of American Ambassadors; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Washington Roundtable as Vice Chairman.

Dan Donovan joins King & Spalding as counsel after serving as Senior Investigative Counsel to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, from 2003 to 2007, where he directed investigations of pharmaceutical, medical device, and other healthcare companies on a broad range of regulatory compliance issues, including matters of drug and device safety, drug pricing, and fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and other federal government programs.

Before joining the Committee on Finance, Donovan served as Chief Investigative Counsel to U.S. Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, from 1999 to 2003, where he managed oversight investigations and hearings regarding consumer fraud and protection issues, including the quality of care in the nursing home industry. During 1997, Donovan served as Staff Assistant to U.S Senator Fred Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, on the special investigation in connection with the 1996 federal election campaigns.

At King & Spalding, Donovan will work with Ted Hester, Eleanor Hill and Tom Spulak representing clients being investigated by congressional committees, as well as on other compliance and enforcement actions by federal and state healthcare enforcement and regulatory agencies.

"Having managed congressional investigations and oversight hearings in the U.S. Senate for eight years, Dan is already assisting clients who are dealing with the unique challenges posed by government inquiries," said Sollers. "He makes our strong congressional investigations team even stronger."

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