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Schnader Welcomes Partner James J. Eisenhower as Chair of Firm’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice

On August 26, 2005 by Schnader in News


James P. Matsoukas
Director of Marketing & Client Development


PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 26, 2005) – National law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP welcomes James J. Eisenhower as chair of its Government and Regulatory Affairs practice. Mr. Eisenhower brings to the firm a wealth of legal experience and a sophisticated understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes across federal, state and local levels of government.  His leadership, in combination with Schnader’s wealth of experience in public law and regulatory and administrative matters, will create considerable depth and breadth in this area of practice.

Mr. Eisenhower, the 2000 and 2004 Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania, concentrates his practice in government relations, criminal law, investigative services, ethics and election law, and complex civil litigation.  He was also Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), appointed by Governor Edward Rendell from February 18, 2003 to February 18, 2004.  Jim began his stellar public service experience as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
“We are very pleased to be having an attorney of Jim’s caliber and depth of experience join us and lend his leadership to our Government and Regulatory Affairs practice,” said Schnader Chairman Ralph Wellington.  “We have some very talented and experienced partners in that practice such as Marilyn Kutler in our Philadelphia office, Jeffrey Letwin in Pittsburgh, Neil Proto in DC, and Leo Murphy in SF.  Jim’s leadership skills and experience on both the state and federal levels will enhance our capabilities significantly and move us to the next level.”

On the local level, Eisenhower was a Member of Mayor John Street’s Special Commission on Police Discipline in 2001 and Chief Counsel, Police Advisory Commission of Philadelphia, 1995-1999. He has also served as Director, Office of Global Affairs, for the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. from 1995-1996, serving on the staff of Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor to President Clinton where he addressed issues such as international crime, narcotics, terrorism and war crimes. He also served as a consultant to The United States Department of Justice in 1997 assisting the South African Police Service in designing programs to promote accountability and oversight.

Eisenhower was also a member of Governor Rendell’s Family and Children’s Cabinet and was the Governor’s chief criminal justice policy advisor during the 2002 campaign, speaking on his behalf on numerous occasions. He also served on the Governor’s transition team and was counsel to the Inaugural Committee.

His clients have included the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Chattanooga, Tennessee and Houston, Texas Housing Authorities for whom he provides representation in a variety of regulatory matters.  Eisenhower has also represented various elected officials in ethics matters and numerous companies in government contracting matters.

Jim Eisenhower was born in the Olney section of Philadelphia and attended the City’s parochial school system. He graduated from William Tennent High School in Bucks County. Eisenhower received his law degree from Antioch University and a Master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, attending as a Marshall Scholar. His thesis was on terrorism in Northern Ireland. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.