Sidley Austin has added Raymond Atkins, former general counsel of the Surface Transportation Board, as a partner in the firm's Washington office and a member of its transportation practice.
Atkins has 10 years of experience at the board, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the last three as general counsel. He left the agency on Oct. 31.
As general counsel, Atkins defended the agency in appeals and counseled board members on transportation regulations, antitrust, federal preemption and administrative law. The agency has jurisdiction over railroad rate and service issues and rail mergers and other transactions. The agency also oversees some trucking and moving van companies, ocean shipping and intercity passenger bus companies, and pipelines not regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.