HUNTINGTON -- Former Congressman Alan B. Mollohan of Fairmont has joined the Huntington and Washington, D.C., law offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.
Mollohan will engage in the general practice of law and draw upon his experience as a 14-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented West Virginia's First Congressional District.
Marc Williams, managing partner of the West Virginia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, announced Mollohan's appointment and said the former lawmaker's 28 years of issue experience in areas as diverse as aerospace, science policy, military construction, veterans affairs, homeland security, the environment and dozens of other fields will make him a valuable addition to the law firm.
"Mr. Mollohan served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee from 1986 through 2010," Williams said. "In that time he developed extensive expertise in the programmatic funding decisions that impacted many of the important issues that faced the nation over nearly three decades.
"That is rare experience that will make him a valuable member of our team in an Of Counsel capacity. His practice with us will focus on advising clients on innovation and technology-related issues that are directly related to his vast field of experience."
Mollohan served on five Appropriations Subcommittees over his 24 years on the Appropriations Committee. He was chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee from 2007 through 2010. That body has jurisdiction over NASA and the National Science Foundation. He served as the ranking member on the former VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee. He was a member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency; the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee; and the Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Mollohan also served as a member of the House Ethics Committee as its ranking member and as a member of the House Budget Committee. He was on the executive committee of the Congressional Steel Caucus and was a co-chair of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Caucus. He was a member of the Coal Group and the Historic Preservation Caucus in the House.
Williams also noted that Mollohan worked during his 28-year Congressional career to diversify the economy of northern West Virginia and helped facilitate the growth of the high technology, aerospace and government service sectors while working closely with the area's educational institutions to encourage investment in academic research and economic development.
Prior to his election to Congress, Mollohan practiced law in West Virginia and Washington, specializing in civil litigation and administrative law. He served as counsel to trade associations dedicated to health and safety, environment and the manufacture and transport of explosive products.
Mollohan graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg. He earned an AB degree from the College of William and Mary and his LLD from West Virginia University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 through 1983.
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