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John F. Spinello, Jr. Receives Distinguished Legislative Service Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – John F. Spinello, Jr., a Warren County resident and partner with the Newark law firm K&L Gates, was honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Distinguished Legislative Service Award during the Association’s Board of Trustees Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2007 at the NJ Law Center.

Mr. Spinello received the award in recognition of his efforts in preparing the NJSBA’s response to Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) regulations that would have expanded the scope of lobbying regulations to include attorneys. Mr. Spinello not only served on an NJSBA ad hoc committee reviewing this issue, but also testified in Trenton before ELEC.

An NJSBA member since 1992, Mr. Spinello currently serves as the Secretary of the Association’s Environmental Law Section. He is also a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) International Environmental Law Committee and served as a Master of the NJ Environmental Inn of Court in 2006.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Spinello served in Washington, DC as the Associate General Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Before joining the USEPA, he served for 15 years in New State Government, most recently as Senior Assistant Counsel to Governor Whitman, where he provided legal and policy counsel regarding environmental protection and other regulatory matters.

Mr. Spinello received his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. His practice focuses on regulatory counseling, advocacy and environmental litigation for clients in the energy, maritime, cement, glass, iron and steel, chemical and highway construction industries.

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