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CKR Law Announces Expansion of Washington, D.C. Office

CKR is pleased to announce the expansion of its Washington D.C. office. Bart S. Fisher, David Z. Seide, Christopher Klug, Evan Parke, and Gregory L. Ewing have all joined the firm to expand the firm's presence in Washington D.C. and immediately enhance and extend the firm's ability to provide the highest level of service to its clients.

Bart S. Fisher has joined the firm as an Adjunct Partner to head the International Trade group. Dr. Fisher has extensive experience in international trade negotiations, foreign market development, import relief cases at the United States International Trade Commission, trade legislation, customs law, commodities law, and export controls. He has represented numerous governments since 2000, including China, Israel, Dominican Republic, Sudan, Iceland, Suriname, and Panama. He is co-author of International Trade and Investment: Regulating International Business, currently used as a casebook in many U.S. law schools. He has been referred to as "one of the nation's foremost experts on international trade, especially with regard to Asia" (Above the Law, August 19, 2010), and "a very skilled and experienced international trade lawyer and economist" (Washington Times, August 17, 2015).

David Z. Seide is a former federal prosecutor specializing in the investigation and prosecution of white-collar criminal cases. He represents corporate and individual clients in internal investigations, criminal matters, inspector general cases, government enforcement matters, trials, compliance and crisis management. From 2011 through 2016 he led high visibility investigations for two federal Offices of Inspector General (OIGs) – at the U.S. Department of State and at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) for which he received ten professional awards. At State OIG, he led its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for official business; at FHFA OIG, he led investigations on topics related to the 2008 financial crisis and made contributions to efforts that led to taxpayer recoveries exceeding $40 billion. David is also a prolific author, including as an op-ed opinion writer and co-editor of two books on internal investigations, and speaker on white collar crime, investigations and compliance issues.

Christopher M. Klug joined as a partner in the Tax Department and Private Client and Wealth Preservation Group. Mr. Klug has extensive experience working with inbound and outbound tax planning including mergers and acquisitions and other transactional tax matters. He also represents clients in tax controversies, domestic and international private wealth planning, and structuring foreign investment in the U.S. As a former tax professor, he has a strong background in corporate and partnership taxation and uses this knowledge to develop tax strategies for clients. Mr. Klug has presented on international taxation and is the author of a number of published articles on international taxation. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, and Virginia.

Evan Parke joined as a partner to bolster the firm's intellectual property, white collar, litigation and regulatory capabilities. Mr. Parke is a scientist-turned-lawyer with extensive patent litigation experience. He has graduate scientific training in the medical sciences and has represented patent clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech, electronics, Internet, computer and telecommunications sectors. He is a former award-winning Assistant Chief of the Investigations and Hearings Division at the FCC and has handled complex matters implicating that agency and others including the FTC, SEC, FAA, ITC and CFPB. He also has represented clients under investigation by Main Justice and other law enforcement agencies including the Secret Service and the FBI. He has first-chaired hundreds of matters and has taken more than fifty cases to trial. His work has been covered by Dateline NBC, The Washington Post, and other news outlets. Mr. Parke is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is admitted before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is a member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Gregory L. Ewing has joined as a partner to add international dispute resolution expertise to the firm's growing International Trade and Dispute Resolution Practices and technology expertise to the firms IP and technology practices. Mr. Ewing focuses on a wide array of sectors, including construction, energy, oil & gas, the environment, and technology. He has advised sovereign states and corporations in all manners of multijurisdictional disputes, including before ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, and all levels of U.S. courts. With parallel expertise in technology, Mr. Ewing also advises clients on a variety of IP related issues, including in disputes before the ITC or in Federal Court in the United States. Mr. Ewing's expertise also includes advising companies on emerging technologies like blockchain and on issues of privacy and cybersecurity.

CKR is very pleased to welcome Dr. Fisher, Mr. Seide, Mr. Klug, Mr. Parke, and Mr. Ewing to the Washington D.C. office. Their extensive experience and knowledge strategically augment the firm's core strengths.

About CKR Law

CKR is a full-service global firm of experienced lawyers with diverse international practices. We have locations throughout the world, including North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. The firm has particular and distinctive strengths, both domestically and globally, in the areas of corporate, finance, capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, government advocacy, litigation and international arbitration, and intellectual property.