Covington & Burling has added an intellectual property specialist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to its Washington office. Gina Vetere has joined as special counsel in the firm’s international trade practice and public policy and government affairs practices. Previously, she served as executive director of international intellectual property at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center, where she promoted the protection and enforcement of IP rights overseas.
Prior to that, Vetere served first as senior policy advisor to the deputy U.S. Trade Representative and subsequently as director for intellectual property and innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She has experience working on a range of trade and IP issues in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Colleen Heisey has moved from Hunton & Williams to Jones Day’s Washington office. She joins as partner in the health care practice. She focuses on food and drug law with a particular emphasis on advertising, promotion and compliance counseling. Previously, she was a partner at Hunton & Williams.
Heisey advises on regulatory and compliance issues for drug, biologic, food, dietary supplement, medical device and cosmetic products.
Barnes & Thornburg has added a former government and public affairs director at Clark Hill to its Washington and Grand Rapids offices. John Van Fossen has joined as lobbyist and member of the firm’s government services and finances department. He will counsel clients on multi-state issues throughout the Midwest. Previously, he was the director of government and public affairs at Clark Hill.
From 1999 to 2004, Van Fossen served as chief of staff to Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) advising him on political and public policy matters and crafting his legislative agenda and strategy in his Michigan and Washington offices.