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Donald E. deKieffer, lawyer

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:05 PM

Donald E. deKieffer, 65, a founding partner of deKieffer & Horgan, an international trade law firm in Washington where he had worked since 1993, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Boulder, Colo. He had had a heart attack.

Mr. deKieffer was an international trade lawyer who specialized in tracking pharmaceutical counterfeiting and diverted goods.

Before starting his own law firm, he was a partner at the old Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro and the Georgetown law firm Collier, Shannon, Rill and Scott. From 1981 to 1983, he was general counsel for the U.S. trade representative's office.

Since 2004, he had run EDDI Inc., a Washington-based company that maintains databases relating to product counterfeiters and diverters.

Donald Eulette deKieffer was born in Newport, R.I. He was a 1968 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 1971 received a law degree from Georgetown University. He had been a McLean resident since the mid-1970s.

Early in his career, he was a speechwriter for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.

He was a published author on topics including illegitimate commerce, congressional lobbying and the legal profession.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nancy Kishida deKieffer of McLean; a son, Nathan deKieffer of Washington; his mother, Melissa deKieffer of Boulder; and two brothers.

- Lauren Wiseman


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