Venable's Washington office has added two new partners to its advertising and marketing practice, the firm announced Thursday.
Randal Shaheen and Amy Mudge, who have practiced together for 16 years, come to the firm from Arnold & Porter, where they were counsels. The pair has extensive experience arguing cases before the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department, state attorneys general and the national advertising division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Shaheen said in an interview that a main reason for the move was to join a larger practice more specifically directed to advertising and marketing. Citing the relatively small size of Arnold & Porter’s marketing operation, he said he believes their “clients could be better served by a leading advertising practice.”
“We were really a minor arm of the antitrust practice at Arnold & Porter,” Shaheen said.
In addition to their work in litigation and regulatory proceedings, the pair also started a blog examining advertising and consumer law issues, something they will continue at Venable. With a larger staff focused on advertising issues, Mudge said she hopes to expand the project with the addition of new voices from the ranks at her new firm.
“I’m hoping you will see more regular blogging on a greater diversity of topics,” she said.
In a statement, Jeffrey Knowles, head of Venable's advertising, marketing and new media practice, praised the pair as “sophisticated and experienced counselors” whose “tremendous enforcement experience” will be an asset going forward.
By Rob Stigile