Chair of the Government & Public Affairs Practice to Manage Growing Legal Department.
Foley announced today that George W. Ash, a partner in the Detroit office, has been named chair of the firm’s Regulated Industries Department.
“George’s proven leadership as chair of the firm’s Government & Public Affairs Practice has made him a natural fit for this role,” said Foley Chairman and CEO Ralf Boer. “Under his guidance, the firm will continue to implement Foley’s plan for expansion of the Regulated Industries Department, which is a key area of growth for the firm.”
As chair, Ash will develop and implement the business and marketing strategies for the Regulated Industries Department, which includes nearly 120 attorneys and professionals. He will spearhead the continued expansion of the firm’s Health Care Industry Team, the Energy and Insurance Industry Teams and the Government & Public Affairs Practice.
“Foley has an outstanding national Health Care Industry Team that we plan to expand, and we have seen tremendous growth within our Government & Public Affairs Practice in the last year,” said Ash. “I am excited to lead the Regulated Industries Department into the next phase of development by enhancing existing practices as well as focusing on specialty regulatory areas that strengthen our ability to provide clients with comprehensive, world-class service.”
Ash also leads the firm’s Government Procurement Practice and is a member of the Automotive and Nanotechnology Industry Teams. He focuses his practice on government procurement law, counseling clients on the preproposal, proposal, negotiation and performance of the U.S. government prime contracts and subcontracts, and on resolving contract disputes. He has an extensive background in other types of procurements such as grants, cooperative agreements, CRADAs and other transactions, and assists companies with state and municipal contract issues.
A retired United States Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel, Ash spent his 20 years of active duty as a judge advocate and an associate professor of law at the USAF Academy, serving as assistant general counsel for the Strategic Defense Initiative Program.
Ash earned his juris doctorate from the University of Denver, an LL.M. in international law from the University of London and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy.
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