WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Piper Rudnick LLP, a national law firm with one of the most advanced Federal Affairs and Legislative practices in the nation, today announced that former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Tex) is joining the firm as a Senior Policy Advisor. Armey, one of the country's most respected lawmakers, will join the law firm effective January 6, 2003. Since 1995, Armey has served as Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the ranking Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, Chairman of the Republican Conference, and most recently served in the important role of Chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security. Armey is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats and is noted for his ability to build consensus among his colleagues. He was active on legislation related to military base closures, agricultural subsidies, NAFTA, homeland security, and education scholarships for disadvantaged children in the nation's capital. The addition of Representative Armey advances the strategic course set by Piper Rudnick co-chairs Francis B. Burch, Jr., and Lee I. Miller to offer clients an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving on a wide range of matters pertaining to government agencies, Congressional committees, domestic and international courts, as well as government related negotiations and transactions. Armey joins Piper Rudnick at a time when the firm is emphasizing the development of its Federal Affairs and Legislative practice, which currently includes a number of other prominent former public servants, among them former Senator and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and Michigan Governor James Blanchard. The firm also has a close relationship with former Senator and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen through its strategic alliance with The Cohen Group. In a statement, the co-chairmen of the firm noted, "We are delighted to welcome Dick Armey to our firm. He is a dedicated public servant who has provided strong leadership throughout his public life. Our clients understand that the success of their business strategies often depends on their knowledge of, and ability to work with, legislative and regulatory bodies, as well as having good relationships with government and business leaders in the countries where they do business. Dick Armey offers the knowledge and the relationships, as well as strong convictions and a straightforward approach to resolving difficult issues." "I am very attracted by Piper Rudnick's energy. It's a firm that is growing in exciting ways with a clear sense of direction and leadership," Representative Armey said. "I appreciate the balance of Democrats and Republicans in the Federal Affairs and Legislative group, and I'm really looking forward to working with Senator Mitchell, whom I greatly respect, not only for his years as Majority Leader in the Senate, but also in his more recent role as peacemaker. I hope to make a contribution to the other practice areas in the firm as well, particularly the strong Homeland Security team, since that is a special interest of mine." "Dick Armey is a superb politician," Sen. Mitchell said. "Every major piece of legislation that Congress has debated in the last 15 years has borne his imprint in one way or another, and he has brought a tough-minded sense of fairness and bipartisanship to the table when the importance of doing the right thing for the nation transcended the desire to score a partisan point. He will be an excellent addition to our team." Piper Rudnick's Federal Affairs and Legislative practice has long maintained a significant presence in Washington, D.C.; however, in the past several months the practice has increased its profile dramatically by forming a strategic alliance with The Cohen Group and by joining forces with prestigious legal consulting firm Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand. Eighteen Years of Public Service Dick Armey has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since his first election in 1984. Previously, he had pursued an academic career at the university level, including the University of North Texas. After joining the firm, Representative Armey plans to continue to pursue his particular interest in policy issues such as tax legislation to achieve a fairer, flatter tax structure; retirement security; and the high tech sector of the economy, including such issues as privacy, digital signatures and broad band communications. He is the author of three books, Price Theory (1977), The Freedom Revolution (1995), and The Flat Tax (1996). He is currently working on a compilation of the sayings for which he's noted, to be titled Armey's Axioms, that is scheduled for publication later this year. He and his wife are the devoted parents of five children and are avid fishermen in their free time. He will be based in the firm's Washington D.C. and Dallas offices. About Piper Rudnick Piper Rudnick is a business law firm of 900 lawyers with offices in Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, New York, Reston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Tampa, Los Angeles Edison, and Las Vegas. The firm's practice is focused on: * Business and Technology, including corporate and securities, corporate governance, franchise and distribution, intellectual property, information technology, biosciences, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and other major transactions for companies of all sizes. * Real Estate, comprising one of the largest and most diverse practices in the U.S., covering every aspect of industrial, commercial, retail, and residential property transactions, finance, project finance and securities. * Litigation, including a white-collar group led by a former Watergate prosecutor, and national product liability, securities, labor and commercial litigation practices. * Governmental Affairs, including the nationally-known federal affairs and legislation group formerly with Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand; a government controversies practice headed by the former general counsel of a leading telecommunications company; and prominent regulatory practices in government contracts, environmental, e-commerce and privacy, antitrust and communications. * An International Commerce and Litigation practice that includes international dispute resolution and public international law, and is supplemented by the firm's strategic alliance with The Cohen Group, a international strategic business consulting firm headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen. For more information, please visit the firm's web site at www.piperrudnick.com .
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