- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

Stephen J. McHale is heading up the homeland security practice at Patton Boggs LLP as a partner in the firm’s public policy and regulation practice.

Mr. McHale, 49, comes to the law firm after serving as the deputy administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. He has worked for the federal agency since its inception in January 2002.

TSA was formed in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and federalized aviation security, which required the largest mobilization of a civilian government agency since World War II.

Mr. McHale helped TSA merge into the Department of Homeland Security. He plans to use his experience in the agency to help clients at Patton Boggs wade through complex security regulations that have dramatically changed in the past few years.

Mr. McHale, who would not identify any of his clients, said he is working with cargo and freight shippers, hazardous material handlers, air carriers, power companies and financial institutions.

“Companies now face the problem of complying with all of these security rules that can wind up violating each other,” he said.

Mr. McHale said his advantage in strengthening the firm’s homeland security practice is his 24 years of government experience, primarily the past few years at TSA.

“At the TSA, I was often lobbied by people who weren’t taking into consideration all the security concerns I had to take into account. They were coming into discussions with narrow viewpoints,” he said.

Mr. McHale said he believes he will better serve clients by representing their interests to government officials while respecting security requirements.

“I can speak their language,” he said.

Managing partner Stuart M. Pape said he hired Mr. McHale because of his experience and firsthand knowledge of how homeland security, an emerging law practice for the firm, is changing.

“Steve brings a wealth of senior management and legal experience from 24 years of government service, and his extraordinary experience in transportation, homeland security and law enforcement will complement and enhance our practices in these vital areas,” Mr. Pape said.

Mr. McHale lives in Kensington.

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