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Former CPSC, DEA Attorney Michelle Gillice Joins Arnold & Porter

February 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2016 -- Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that Michelle Gillice, former compliance attorney at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and former senior attorney in the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Chief Counsel, has joined the firm as counsel, resident in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Gillice will focus her practice on advising companies on compliance with CPSC requirements, protecting their brands, and defending CPSC enforcement actions. Her practice will also include advising companies on compliance with the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and defending against DEA enforcement actions.

From 2002 - 2012, Ms. Gillice served at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), where she was the lead attorney on numerous high-profile investigations, recalls, and civil penalty matters involving retailers, importers, and manufacturers. She has extensive experience in matters involving industry voluntary standards, children’s products, testing and certification, flammable fabrics, child-resistant packaging, and labeling requirements under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. 

Most recently, Ms. Gillice served at the DEA, representing the agency in administrative litigation against pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies, and practitioners for alleged violations of the CSA. During her tenure at DEA, she successfully litigated cases which resulted in decisions to revoke or deny the parties’ authority to handle controlled substances. 

Anand Agneshwar, head of the firm’s Product Liability Litigation practice said: “Michelle’s significant experience and deep knowledge of agency operations further strengthen our prominent CPSC practice, led by former CPSC General Counsel Eric Rubel, and will be of great benefit to our clients in the consumer products industry.”

Ms. Gillice obtained her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She earned her BS, cum laude, from Syracuse University.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of nearly 800 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D. C.  The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

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