The Washington, D.C., office Baker Donelson has added to its ranks a former Air Force general, who will advise firm's clients in the aerospace and defense sectors.
Howie Chandler retired from the Air Force in 2011 after 36 years of service. During his career, he was among other things vice chief of staff, commander of the Pacific Air Force and director of operations in the Pentagon. Since retiring, he has worked as vice president of business development and international programs at Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.
"General Chandler is a significant addition to our group, bringing a wealth of experience from his military service and his international aerospace expertise," said Sheila Burke, chair of Baker Donelson's government relations and public policy group. "His leadership will enhance the capabilities of our group and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team."
Bass Berry & Sims has added another attorney to its Washington, D.C., office's international trade group. Cheryl Palmeri comes to the firm from Sheppard Mullin, where she worked with with Thad McBride, who recently moved to Bass to lead its new international trade team.
“I am thrilled to get to continue working with Cheryl,” said McBride. “Not only does she have the great substantive expertise that clients need, but she is also committed to helping clients find effective, practical solutions to their international trade compliance problems.”
Palmeri focuses on international trade compliance and has represented clients before the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security and the Department of Justice, among other government bodies.
Bass Berry & Sims has taking another growth step with its office in Washington, D.C., which it set up in late 2011. On Wednesday, firm officials said they've established a practice group focused on the issues around contracting with government agencies. The 11 attorneys in the group include Nashville-based Wally Dietz, John Eason and former federal prosecutor Lisa Rivera.
"Our attorneys apply extensive public sector experience to help firm clients understand, prevent and mitigate the risks associated with government procurement, and to fight back when those risks become reality," said John Kelly, managing partner of Bass' D.C. office.
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