Bingham

Bingham

Gary Slaiman

Partner

Gary Slaiman leads Bingham’s Government Affairs Practice Group and focuses his practice on legislative matters as well as representing clients subject to congressional oversight and investigations and on various other issues before congressional committees and commissions, including telecommunications, antitrust, financial services, litigation reform, environment, energy, consumer protection, intellectual property and copyright, transportation and aviation, pharmaceuticals, and food.

Prior to joining the firm, Gary was chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Labor. Gary directed the subcommittee’s activities on OSHA reform; pension and ERISA matters; employment and training; healthcare reform; NAFTA, NLRA and RLA issues; and numerous matters before the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Prior to taking over the Labor Subcommittee, Gary was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust where he managed domestic and international antitrust matters. In addition, he handled the subcommittee’s investigations and legislative initiatives in the areas of insurance and reinsurance regulation, savings and loan activities, civil RICO, tort reform, corporate governance and criminal law, and various intellectual property matters.

Gary currently serves as chairman of the advisory board for PREVIEW, a publication on the Supreme Court by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education.

Experience

Antitrust

  • Represented a wide variety of companies with regard to congressional review of pending mergers and competition policy, including NBC, Universal Music Group, Viacom, USAirways, WorldCom, MFS, Dean Foods, Vodaphone, and Tesoro

Aviation Policy

  • Represented USAirways with regard to industry consolidation, including its proposed merger with United Airlines

Civil Litigation Reform

  • Represented the Asbestos Study Group, a coalition of Fortune 150 companies, seeking legislation to establish a privately funded national asbestos trust fund to resolve all civil asbestos litigation
  • Represented Merrill Lynch in successful enactment of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Consumer Protection

  • Represented a payment processor with regard to federal inquiries concerning a significant cyber breach
  • Established and represented a coalition of Billing Houses in developing industry best practice guidelines and represented industry and its members before Congress and the FTC with respect to consumer protection and competition issues

Copyright

  • Representing new technology clients on copyright policy issues for more than 20 years
  • Represented the manufacturers of video and audio recorders with regard to the home taping legislation that followed the Sony Betamax decision
  • Represented WorldCom/MCI and other telecommunications companies concerned about obligations to police broadband networks for transmission of unauthorized works (including representation in Geneva during the WIPO negotiations that led to the adoption of the DMCA in the United States)
  • Represented Napster, from its inception, on federal legislation and prepared its CEO for congressional hearings
  • Representing an Internet company with regard to proposed revisions to the DMCA

Oversight and Investigations

  • Represented clients before many congressional committees, including the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on investigations, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Education and Labor Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, including preparing numerous CEOs and other executives for testimony
  • Represented the non-target Enron employees in the largest congressional investigation in history — the unprecedented, bicameral investigation of the Enron bankruptcy by 12 Congressional committees

Telecommunications Policy

  • Represented numerous providers of competitive telecommunications services, including WorldCom, MFS, ICG, Frontier, Wiltel, RCN, US LEC, PacWest, Level 3, Vonage, EarthLink, Global Crossing, CBeyond, and others, with respect to a wide variety of telecommunications issues before Congress and the FCC

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Awards & Honors

  • Former Editor, Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law

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