WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2010) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that Arthur J. DeCelle has joined McDermott’s Washington, D.C. office. As counsel, Mr. DeCelle will bring to McDermott his extensive background in government relations, regulatory matters and litigation, coupled with his deep experience in the beer industry.
Said Marc E. Sorini, McDermott partner and head of the Firm’s Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group, “We are delighted that Art has decided to join McDermott. His top-notch experience and strong relationships with industry leaders and government regulators make him an invaluable asset to our clients.”
Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. DeCelle served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Beer Institute, based in Washington, D.C. Beer Institute represents brewers, beer importers, and industry suppliers before Congress, state legislatures, and in government agencies across the country. Mr. DeCelle joined the Beer Institute in 1994 and has managed legal and public policy issues in many areas, including trade practices, advertising, consumer protection, First Amendment, labeling, distribution, and food safety. He regularly represented brewers’ interests before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, and served as a liaison to state alcohol beverage authorities.
Before joining the Beer Institute, Mr. DeCelle served in several senior staff positions in the U.S. Representatives. He began his career on Capitol Hill in 1981 as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Raymond McGrath (R-NY) and spent almost two years on the staff of the House Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation. Mr. DeCelle spent the next nine years in the McGrath office as Chief of Staff, Counsel, and Ways and Means Associate Staff Member. He managed a 22-member team and dealt with a variety of tax, trade, and ethics issues. Mr. DeCelle also served as Chief of Staff for McGrath’s successor, Rep, David Levy (R-NY) during his first year in office.
Mr. DeCelle earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He holds an M.A. in Government and Politics (with a concentration in Public Administration) and a B.A. in Government and Politics, both from St. John’s University in New York. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar and serves on the Committee on Administrative Law of the American Bar Association.