U.S. Chamber’s Litigation Center Names Rachel Brand Chief Counsel for Regulatory Litigation and Kate Comerford Todd Chief Counsel for Appellate Litigation

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 8:00pm

Brand, Todd to Strengthen Efforts to Fight for American Business in the Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC) today announced that Rachel Brand and Kate Comerford Todd will join as senior members of its litigation team on May 31, 2011. Brand will serve as the Litigation Center’s chief counsel for regulatory litigation, and Todd will serve as chief counsel for appellate litigation.

“Rachel and Kate come with a wealth of government and private sector experience, and I am delighted that they will be bringing their strategic and litigation strengths to our organization,” said Lily Fu Claffee, senior vice president, general counsel, and chief legal officer of the U.S. Chamber. “Their additions to NCLC couldn’t be more timely, given the aggressive regulatory overreach America’s job creators now face.”

Before joining NCLC, Brand practiced in the Regulatory and Government Affairs and the Litigation/Controversy departments at WilmerHale LLP, where she focused on strategic public policy counseling and regulatory litigation. Prior to WilmerHale, Brand served in government for nearly eight years as, among other things, Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice (2005-2007) and Associate Counsel to the President (2001-2002). Brand also practiced law with Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal PLLC and served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Justice Charles Fried of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Brand received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and her B.A. from University of Minnesota-Morris.

Todd currently teaches the law of federal courts at The George Washington University Law School. Prior to teaching at GW Law School, Todd served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President (2007-2009) and was a partner in the law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP, where she focused on federal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. While in private practice, Todd taught constitutional law at Cornell University’s Washington program. Todd has also served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Todd received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and her B.A. from Cornell University.

“Rachel and Kate are outstanding additions to the Litigation Center,” said Robin Conrad, executive vice president of NCLC. “With free enterprise under increasing assault, their additional firepower will help NCLC become even more effective at defending the rights of business in the courts and before the regulatory agencies.”

NCLC is the public policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that advocates fair treatment of business in the courts and before regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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