WASHINGTON– LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire –Hunton & Williams LLP…

WASHINGTON– LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire –Hunton & Williams LLP today announced the elevation of Metro Area lawyers Francine E. Friedman and Jeffrey B. Hardie to Counsel, effective May 10.

“Francine and Jeff have strong track records in building robust relationships with their clients, with their fellow lawyers, and in the community,” said Wally Martinez, managing partner of the firm. “They are tremendous assets to Hunton & Williams and I am pleased to welcome them into their new positions.”

Based in the firm’s 150-lawyer Washington office, Francine E. Friedman is a member of the firm’s regulated industries and government relations practice, with first-rate government relations skills and long-term, solid relationships with an extensive network of contacts in Congress, the Executive Branch and in the Washington government relations community. Friedman’s practice has focused extensively on increasing the effectiveness of the nation’s low-income housing tax credit program. Recently, she secured the enactment of legislation wherein the program will play a central role in federal relief efforts for states devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Friedman holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from William & Mary.

Jeffrey B. Hardie, a member of the labor and employment practice, is based in the firm’s 50-lawyer McLean office. An experienced litigator and employment law counselor, Hardie has formed integral relationships with several of the firm’s major global clients, built on his reputation and involvement in high risk and complex labor law issues. He provides preventative counseling and training to clients and human relations groups on all federal employment-related statutes. Hardie holds an under‧graduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a law degree from Tulane University.

About Hunton & Williams

Hunton & Williams LLP provides legal services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals, as well as to a broad array of other entities. Since our establishment more than a century ago, Hunton & Williams has grown to more than 975 attorneys serving clients in 100 countries from 19 offices around the world. While our practice has a strong industry focus on energy, financial services and life sciences, the depth and breadth of our experience extends to more than 100 separate practice areas, including bankruptcy and creditors rights, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and securities law, intellectual property, international and government relations, regulatory law, products liability, and privacy and information management. For more information about Hunton & Williams, visit our website at www.hunton.com.

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