Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2009) – Sidley Austin LLP has announced that long-term House of Representatives public health lawyer Peter M. Goodloe has joined the firm as a counsel in the FDA, Healthcare, and Public Policy and Government Affairs practices. Mr. Goodloe will focus his practice on food, drug, device, healthcare, and other public policy and legislative matters, including environmental and energy issues, within the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Mr. Goodloe most recently served as legislative counsel and parliamentarian for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairman John Dingell (D-MI). Before working for Energy and Commerce, he served for over 21 years in the House Office of Legislative Counsel, where he helped to write landmark legislation such as comprehensive FDA reform laws in 1997 and 2007, as well as amendments to the Hatch-Waxman generic drug program in 2003; the Ryan White HIV-services law in 1990 and its major reauthorizations in 1996, 2000, and 2006; comprehensive NIH reform laws in 1993 and 2006; and the comprehensive bioterrorism preparedness and response law in 2002.
“Pete’s extensive knowledge of FDA and healthcare laws and his significant legislative experience will be extremely beneficial to our clients in these industries,” said Carter G. Phillips, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “We heartily welcome Pete to the firm.”
Mr. Goodloe said, “I have great affection for the House as an institution, but after almost 24 years there, I am looking forward to private practice, especially in a law firm with such a strong reputation in FDA, healthcare and public policy matters.”
Mr. Goodloe received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College. Mr. Goodloe also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law for 14 years, where he taught legislative analysis and drafting.
Sidley has an internationally recognized food and drug practice, representing major pharmaceutical, biological, medical device and food clients all over the world, and a premier healthcare practice that serves all sectors of the industry. With the addition of Mr. Goodloe, Sidley now has two former counsels and a former Deputy Staff Director from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Through its bipartisan team, Sidley represents a significant array of clients on legislative matters before the U.S. Congress and the States and develops the public policy rationale behind the modification of a wide variety of laws.
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1800 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Every year since 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, its designation for the 18 firms “that define the pinnacle of the legal profession.” BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, has named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for seven years in a row, and to the BTI Power Elite as one of only seven law firms demonstrating the best client relationships for the fourth consecutive year.