Former Ambassador Tom Korologos Joins Lawyers DLA Piper as Strategic Advisor

WASHINGTON–LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – DLA Piper today announced that former Ambassador Tom C. Korologos will bring his many years of high-level public and private sector experience to the firm and its clients in his new role as Strategic Advisor.

Korologos most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, from July 2004 to February 2007. Before that, he was senior counsel with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. In his wide and varied Washington experience, he has served as an assistant to two presidents, a senior staff member in the U.S. Congress, a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and he has been a prominent businessman.

“With his vast experience, diverse contacts and unsurpassed insight into how government and business work, Tom Korologos will be a great addition to our team,” said Governor James Blanchard, chairman of DLA Piper’s Government Affairs practice. “As a former ambassador myself, I know the value his experience brings to clients.”

“I look forward to being part of such a well regarded and truly global firm, helping clients to seize opportunities in an increasingly complex and inter-connected world,” Korologos said.

Long active in Republican Party circles, Korologos will be joining a bipartisan Government Affairs team at DLA Piper that includes three former Congressional majority leaders, Senator George Mitchell, chairman of DLA Piper’s Global Board; Richard K. Armey, Senior Advisor at the firm; and Richard A. Gephardt, Senior Counsel at the firm.

Korologos served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (Senate), and was chief of staff to Senator Wallace F. Bennett (R-Utah) for nine years. In 1980-81, Korologos was Director of Congressional Relations for President Ronald Reagan’s transition, and he was a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team in 2001. As a volunteer, he assisted presidential appointees in numerous U.S. Senate confirmations during the Reagan and both Bush Administrations. He also served as Director of Congressional Relations for the National Bipartisan (Kissinger) Commission for Central America.

“Tom Korologos’s name is synonymous with the finest tradition of public service,” said Berl Bernhard, a senior partner at DLA Piper and a longtime friend of Korologos. “We are honored that a person of his stature and experience has chosen DLA Piper as his professional home.”

Korologos was a senior advisor to Senator Bob Dole during his 1996 Presidential campaign. He managed the confirmation of Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, as well as the confirmation process for other nominees appointed by President Bush.

Earlier in his career Korologos was a journalist with the New York Herald Tribune, the Long Island Press, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press. From 1975 to 2003, he chaired the executive committee of Timmons and Company, a Washington consulting firm he co-founded.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Korologos was a U.S. Air Force officer. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of Utah and an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is married to Ann McLaughlin Korologos, former Secretary of Labor, under President Reagan.

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