Williams Mullen has brought on a maritime lobbyist in its Washington office. William Brierre Jr., a former vice president for government relations at CMA CGM S.A., a container shipping company, joined Williams Mullen as a partner on Sept. 2.
Brierre represents clients on legislative issues related to developments in maritime law and policy. He has advised on such issues as the authorization of and appropriations for the Maritime Subsidy Program; enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act; ballast water and air emissions regulation; enactment of the maritime tonnage tax; and appropriations. He has acted as liaison to government agencies, including the Maritime Administration, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Defense Department, the State Department and the Treasury Department.
Before joining CMA CGM in 2005, Brierre was president of his own government relations firm, Brierre: A Government Relations Company. According to the Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, he represented Maersk Inc., a shipping container company; the Maritime Institute for Research; and the California State University Long Beach Foundation.
Briere left CMA CGM in May 2009 and returned to running his own lobbying firm.
At Williams Mullen, Brierre will be tasked with growing the firm’s maritime lobbying practice.