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Steven R. Valentine

Fax +1.202.778.9100
Mr. Valentine represents a wide variety of clients in a broad range of legislative, regulatory, administrative, litigation and government enforcement matters before the federal government.  His clients include major corporations, trade associations and business coalitions.  He has also represented a number of prominent individuals, including a federal judge in her personal capacity and the prime minister of a foreign government.

Professional Background

Mr. Valentine’s practice draws upon more than seventeen years of federal government service. He served in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.  During his tenure as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Valentine was in charge of a major component of the Justice Department’s largest litigating division.  He also served as co-counsel on briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, and presented oral arguments before U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts across the country.  In addition, Mr. Valentine testified on behalf of the Justice Department before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and was a member of the Department’s Senate confirmation team for President Reagan’s nomination of Anthony M. Kennedy to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  At the end of his tenure as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Valentine received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award.

During his more than ten years of service with the U.S. Senate, Mr. Valentine was the Chief of Staff to Senator John P. East of North Carolina, the Legislative Director and General Counsel to Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire, Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of its Subcommittees on Courts and Separation of Powers.   Early in his career, he also served as a staff assistant to the Senate Committee on Commerce.   Mr. Valentine was a John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow for the 104th Congress.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Valentine has accepted a number of short-term and part-time public service assignments.   He was a member of President-Elect George W. Bush’s transition team at the U.S. Justice Department.  Mr. Valentine assisted in the Senate confirmation effort for President Bush’s nomination of  John G. Roberts, Jr., to be the Chief Justice of the United States.  He was a member of the Presidential Rank Awards Review Board in 2006.  He currently serves as a member, and is the former Chairman, of the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Mr. Valentine also serves as Senior Fellow at the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service.

Legislative Projects
  • Representing cable television content provider seeking to secure authorization for U.S. District Judges to exercise discretion in allowing televised coverage of Federal trials.
  • Representing manufacturing company seeking to clarify rules of origin for certain textile and apparel products under U.S. trade laws.
  • Representing international chemical company in securing suspensions of duties on products brought into U.S. for sale and/or use in its domestic manufacturing.
  • Representing manufacturing company seeking tax credit to encourage greater utilization of fuel efficient automobile tires.
  • Representing insurance company with respect to bill that would expand federal government role in heretofore private insurance market.
  • Representing non-profit conservation group seeking federal appropriation for acquisition of historic, scenic real estate under Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.
Administration Policy Projects
  • Representing cable television content provider seeking to persuade Cabinet officer not to sign discretionary order against star of popular program.
  • Representing official creditors committee of bankrupt companies seeking to receive interest on funds forfeited to federal government but anticipated to be distributed to victims of fraudulent scheme.
  • Representing computer software company seeking to enhance federal sex offender website.
Regulatory Projects
  • Representing international chemical company in regulatory proceedings to establish federal flammability standards for certain consumer products.
  • Representing national association of bankruptcy trustees with respect to revision of rules governing dismissals and budgetary expenses.
Administrative Projects
  • Representing foreign citizen seeking to avoid administrative deportation proceedings as result of possible guilty plea in federal criminal proceedings.
  • Representing permanent resident alien erroneously denied U.S. citizenship.
Litigation Projects
  • Representing trade association seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of U.S. Court of Appeals decision in persuading U.S. Solicitor General to support petition for such review.
  • Representing U.S. citizen seeking to persuade U.S. Department of Justice not to intervene in lawsuit against Foreign banks in case involving executive agreement between U.S. Government and government of foreign country. 
  • Assisting private senior citizen assisted living facility in negotiating with U.S. Department of Justice settlement of alleged violation of Federal housing law.