PERSONNEL FILE: Dinsmore & Shohl opens office in D.C.

By The West Virginia Record | Jul 26, 2011




WASHINGTON, D.C. -– Prominent Washington, D.C., attorneys Donald Santarelli and Marshall Berman join Dinsmore & Shohl in unveiling the firm's newest office.

Santarelli and Berman have joined with Dinsmore's 450 attorneys to establish the firm's presence in the nation's capital. Joining Santarelli and Berman in Washington, D.C. are Dinsmore attorneys Robert Beatty, Jr. (Morgantown), Joseph Terry (Lexington), Ben Wells (Cincinnati) and William Sherman (Cincinnati).

"Government, both nationally and at the state level, is becoming increasingly important and involved in shaping the country's business climate. Client support for us to extend our presence to the nation's capital has been building, making this the right time for us to move forward," said George Vincent, Managing Partner of Dinsmore.

"Establishing a national practice in Washington, D.C. to serve our clients' ever-growing needs has been a strategic goal of our firm and we are thrilled to open an office with this team of distinguished veteran lawyers. This office expands Dinsmore's ability to handle our clients' governmental affairs, regulatory and administrative issues."

Located in the heart of Washington, Dinsmore's new office in the Federal Triangle, at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. "represents the next step in the firm's client-centered growth. Following moves into three state capitals, the time was right to expand our capabilities in the nation's capital. This office represents the fourth significant expansion in three years, following mergers and significant lateral hiring in Ohio and Kentucky that grew the firm from 300 to more than 450 attorneys," said Vincent.

Robert Beatty Jr. will now split his time between Dinsmore's Morgantown office and the firm's Washington office. Beatty is a partner in the firm's Natural Resources Practice Group and represents mine operators in mine safety and health regulatory matters before federal and state administrative agencies, federal courts, and state courts.

Prior to joining Dinsmore, Beatty spent time as an underground coal miner, and served as a Presidential appointee, twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as a member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as the Administrator of Legal Services for the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health Safety and Training.

Donald Santarelli, a former senior U.S. Department of Justice official, federal prosecutor, and agency administrator, brings a wealth of regulatory, corporate governance and corporate internal and external investigations experience to the firm. He served five times as a Presidential appointee, four times confirmed by the U.S. Senate, for three different Presidents.

Santarelli has handled legislative, regulatory and enforcement matters before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury and Department of Homeland Security.

Marshall Berman brings his more than 40 years of public and private sector experience in labor, employment and administrative law to the firm. Berman has served on the Chairman's Staff and in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board, as Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as a senior labor and employment partner in national law firms, in addressing government relations matters and as a business litigator.

Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of more than 450 attorneys practicing in 11 locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more than a century, Dinsmore & Shohl has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses, as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals.

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