Nossaman Gains Public Policy and Litigation Expertise : Peter Van Hartesveldt Joins the Firm in DC, Amber Grayhorse in LA

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Peter Van Hartesveldt joins Nossaman in Washington, DC as a Partner and as part of the firm’s recently expanded public policy law. He comes to the firm directly from the House Ethics Committee where he served as Acting Deputy Chief Counsel, Director of Advice and Education. Litigator Amber Grayhorse joins Nossaman as an Associate in Los Angeles from another large firm. Expansion of Nossaman’s public policy law practice occurred as part of the July 1st merger with Washington, DC firm O’Connor & Hannan which doubled the size of the group.

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Peter Van Hartesveldt knows more about Congressional ethics rules than virtually anyone else in the country

"Peter Van Hartesveldt knows more about Congressional ethics rules than virtually anyone else in the country," said Tim Jenkins, Chair of Nossaman's public policy law practice. "He helped draft the 2008 House Ethics manual and has deep knowledge of gift rules and the major changes that resulted from the 2007 enactment of the House Leadership and Open Government Act. He's a great addition to our in-demand ethics practice."

"The tough economic conditions actually make this a very attractive time to bring in talented lateral attorneys and invest in the firm's steady growth," said Nossaman Managing Partner Michael Heumann. "Along with Peter Van Hartesveldt joining the firm in DC, we're pleased to have additional litigation support from Amber Grayhorse in Los Angeles. Both attorneys are of the highest caliber."

Mr. Van Hartesveldt will work with Tim Jenkins and Fred Dombo advising lobbyists, trade associations and corporate clients about the laws governing their interactions with elected officials. In addition to his five years working for the House Ethics Committee, he spent over a decade working as a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Navy, where he last served as the Navy's senior prosecutor and principal legal advisor for Naval commands throughout Europe and Southwest Asia. Mr. Van Hartesveldt earned a J.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit and a B.A. in History from Wooster College in Ohio.

Ms. Grayhorse practiced most recently with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, where she focused on litigation and dispute resolution matters involving business disputes and wage and hour class actions. She also worked in Madrid for a Spanish law firm, where she focused on international arbitrations and became fluent in Spanish. Ms. Grayhorse earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law where she was Executive Editor of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. She earned a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego.

About Nossaman:

Nossaman LLP is a national law firm with 150 professionals working seamlessly across eight U.S. offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Sacramento, Washington, DC, Austin, Arlington, and Seattle. Whether it's working to finance and develop public infrastructure, provide healthcare services, entitle private development, manage natural resources, complete real estate transactions, or increase business profitability, clients rely on Nossaman to get results.

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