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    November 13, 2008  
 
 
McGuireWoods;
Miller & Chevalier;
Sterne Kessler

 

For those of you old enough to remember the Carter Administration, Brzezinski is a pretty familiar name, even if we never learned how to spell it. We stopped by for a chat with McGuireWood’s Mark Brzezinski, son of President Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew (oh, and brother of MSNBC news host Mika).

 

Following in the footsteps of his dad—who helped broker the Camp David Accords and the SALT II treaty with Russia—Mark worked for the NSC under Clinton. Now head of the DC office’s international practice, in a way he’s still doing foreign policy work. Mark says the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a hot area of enforcement at DOJ with 100 open investigations, is one of America’s “best exports.” He advises companies on complying with the Act, which he credits with helping keep the U.S.’s reputation clean. (The U.S. is 20th on Transparency International’s "corruption perception index.")

 
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He also counsels corporate America on export controls, another area of beefed-up enforcement. As for other Brzezinski family members who’ve spread goodwill, Mark tells us no one tops his grandfather, a Polish diplomat assigned to Nazi Germany. He was recognized last March at an Ellis Island celebration of foreign diplomats who gave Jews passports to escape persecution. But sister Mika has become a hero too. She managed to give the media a good name (no small task) when she refused to read a Paris Hilton story on her MSNBC show, Morning Joe. The YouTube clip of her on-air boycott has already gotten 3.6 million views.


Miller & Chevalier Gets Top Litigator
 

Barry Pollack, a hotshot who got admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers this fall, has jumped to Miller & Chevalier from Kelley Drye. The ACTL honor is limited to the top 1% of litigators in each U.S. state, Canadian province, and D.C. The vetting process makes bar admission (or VP nominations) look like a cakewalk—Barry tells us the ACTL checks in with judges you’ve appeared before, opposing counsel, and polls its membership for any useful dirt. He was inducted at the group’s annual meeting in Toronto before an audience of 800.

 

After that buildup, doesn’t he deserve this statesmanlike profile we snapped? Signature wins include a recent securities fraud acquittal of a former transaction accountant for Enron Broadband Services (he’s trying the case of the former CFO in May), and the pro bono reversal of a double-murder conviction in New York. (His client had spent 17 years in prison on charges resulting from a coerced confession.) Now at Miller & Chevalier (no relation to Miller Cassidy, the litigation boutique that gave Barry his start, now merged into Baker Botts, but you knew all that), Barry joins the white-collar practice and will continue repping individual corporate execs in financial and criminal litigation.


Sterne Kessler Hits 3-0!
 

Definite sign that your firm has come of age: when you can throw a bash at the Mayflower complete with your logo in an ice sculpture. Rob Sterne, left, founded IP shop Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox 30 years ago, and three decades later he and Jorge Goldstein were among those who donned black ties to celebrate Saturday night with a throng of 400 attorneys, staff, and clients old and new. They went the full nine yards and did cocktails, dinner, and dancing ‘til midnight to a band called (aptly) Time Machine.  

John Ford is Bisnow’s Legal Editor. The one thing he likes more than ice sculptures is story ideas. Send them to john@bisnow.com.

 
 
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