IP boutique Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg has snagged former International Trade Commission Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun as a partner.
Okun, who spent 12 years at the ITC until stepping down last month, is an obvious fit for the Washington-based firm, which is known for its ITC expertise, participating in more than 25 percent of all cases filed under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
"Deanna is a dynamic, leading authority on global trade matters, experienced as a top administrator, regulator, enforcer, legislative aide and lawyer. We are honored to have her join our firm," said Managing Partner V. James Adduci II in a news release.
Okun said that she plans to use her "background in regulatory, policy and compliance issues to add to the firm's established trade expertise to steer companies through the intersection where innovation confronts barriers, such as intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices or regulatory hurdles."
A Republican, Okun was nominated to the independent agency in 1999 by President Bill Clinton and sworn in as a commissioner in 2000 for an eight-year term. However, commissioners may continue to serve until their successor is sworn in. She was replaced by Meredith Broadbent, a who had been a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on September 11.
During her tenure, Okun served two separate terms as chairman of the ITC, from June 2010 to June 2012, and from June 2002 to June 2004.
Prior to joining the ITC, she served as counsel for International Affairs to U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska).