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Joe D. Whitley and Jason R. Edgecombe Join Baker Donelson's Government Regulatory Actions Group

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(Atlanta, GA / September 3, 2014) Baker Donelson announces the addition of Joe D. Whitley and Jason R. Edgecombe to the Firm's Government Regulatory Actions Group.

Mr. Whitley joins Baker Donelson as chair of the Firm's White Collar Practice and a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. offices, where he represents clients nationally and internationally in white collar criminal matters and regulatory enforcement, corporate internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S. export controls and compliance. He also advises on corporate compliance, health care fraud and FDA-related matters. Mr. Whitley has had a wide-ranging career in the Department of Justice, having served as the Acting Associate Attorney General during the George H.W. Bush administration, and being appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush, respectively, to serve as the United States Attorney in the Middle (Macon) and Northern (Atlanta) Federal Districts of Georgia.  In 2003, he was appointed by George W. Bush as the first General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security and served in that position for two years before returning to private practice.

A frequent speaker and lecturer on white collar, compliance and corporate governance issues, Mr. Whitley has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001 in the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law and in Chambers USA since 2014 in the area of White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. He has also been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2010 and in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers since 2012. Mr. Whitley is an active member of the American Bar Association and currently chairs the ABA's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, and is a member of the Criminal Justice Section. He is a member of the Georgia State, District of Columbia and Federal Bar Associations and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

"Mr. Whitley and Mr. Edgecombe are respected practitioners in the area of white collar criminal matters and government investigations," said Gary C. Shockley, leader of Baker Donelson's Government Regulatory Actions Group. "Joe's extensive legal practice and background in public service and Jason's experience with internal investigations make them excellent additions to our team.  I am pleased Joe will be our new leader as chair of the Firm's White Collar Group."

Mr. Edgecombe joins Baker Donelson as of counsel in the Firm's Atlanta office, where he represents organizations undertaking internal investigations as well as individuals, corporations and other entities facing regulatory enforcement actions and compliance issues. He also advises corporate boards and executives in a variety of industries on issues such as compliance and fiduciary duties.  He is experienced in civil litigation and complex parallel proceedings, including gathering and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to government subpoenas and civil discovery requests. A 2003 graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Mr. Edgecombe is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia and American Bar Associations and was a recipient of the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Atlanta Lawyers Foundation in 2012. He currently serves on the board of the Margaret Mitchell Civic Association and of The EDGE Connection, Inc., where he is chairman of the nominating committee.

"We are pleased to welcome this outstanding team of  problem-solvers to our Atlanta office and know that they will enhance our ability to serve the needs of our clients," said Linda A. Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Georgia offices.  "We look forward to Joe Whitley's new role in our firm as the leader of Baker Donelson's National and International White Collar Practice."

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