Legal Briefs: New D.C. ethics group names general counsel

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, the body created earlier this year as part of new ethics laws adopted in the wake of investigations of misconduct by city officials, has named Stacie Pittell to be its lead attorney.

The board, led by former D.C. attorney general Robert Spagnoletti, was formed to investigate alleged violations of ethics laws by city employees and officials.

Pittell was previously assistant inspector general for investigations at the D.C. Office of the Inspector General since 2008, and inspector general at the New York City Department of Investigation, where she supervised investigations involving city employees and contractors.

New leadership at Venable’s Tysons, Rockville offices

Venable has named two new partners in charge of the firm’s Tysons Corner and Rockville offices.

Starting Jan. 1, Joe Schmelter will become partner-in-charge of the 500-lawyer firm’s Tysons Corner office, and Mitch Mirviss will assume the same role in Rockville. Schmelter, co-chair of the firm’s government contracting practice, will succeed David Smith, who will return to his labor and health care practice. Mirviss, co-chair of Venable’s appellate advocacy group, will take over for Paul Glasgow, who will continue his business litigation practice.

Catherine Ho covers lobbying at The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.

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