WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Judah C. "Jud" Sommer, a Washington, D.C.-based senior counsel who will chair the firm's growing Public Policy Group. Sommer most recently served as senior vice president of Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group where he was responsible for building and managing the organization's operations and relationships at all levels of the government, including with legislative, executive, and regulatory officials. Prior to working at UnitedHealth Group, Sommer was the managing director of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he created, oversaw, and led the corporate government affairs functions for the organization. He was also formerly a partner in the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and previously served in various government positions for Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) in the U.S. Senate. His addition signals continued strategic growth for the firm's Public Policy Group.
"Jud's substantial experience enables him to provide clients a unique understanding of how to navigate the full range of policy challenges in the rulemaking and legislative processes on both sides of the aisle," said Ellen M. Dwyer, managing partner of Crowell & Moring.
With over four decades of senior public policy experience on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, at Crowell & Moring, Sommer will counsel clients on public policy matters with a particular focus on financial services, health care, environment, energy, and general business issues.
"Crowell & Moring is known for its regulatory preeminence in the marketplace and members of the firm's Public Policy Group understand and are able to effectively communicate our clients' priorities to senior government decision makers. I am excited to be a part of this growing group that encompasses an impressive mix of substantive technical experts, highly regarded government relations counselors, and outstanding regulatory lawyers. We look forward to expanding the firm's offerings and enhancing the relationships we have with Crowell & Moring's institutional clients," said Sommer.
In addition to industry and private practice, Sommer currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both Y-USA, the YMCA's National Board, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, where he formerly served as chairman. He is also a trustee of the Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, an independent preparatory school. Sommer received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Crowell & Moring's Public Policy Group provides high-level advocacy and policy development services to firm clients seeking government relations, crisis management, media relations and related assistance before the U.S. Congress, the White House, and other Executive Branch agencies. The team includes former White House, Congressional, Executive Branch staff and officials from both major political parties as well as professional economists and scientists.
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