Former Congressman Bill Delahunt Joins Eckert Seamans
April 4, 2011
Longtime District Attorney and lawyer returns to practice of law to advise clients in highly regulated business environment
– Former Massachusetts Congressman William D. Delahunt has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, a full-service national law firm, as special counsel and to assist the firm in its provision of strategic counsel to firm clients on complex regulatory issues such as healthcare, financial services and energy and environmental matters. Delahunt, who began his career as a lawyer in Massachusetts and then served as the Norfolk County District Attorney for 22 years, was named Special Counsel and began his new career in the Boston office on April 1.
“After serving in the House for 14 years, Bill Delahunt brings to Eckert Seamans incomparable insight and connections at the busy intersection of business and politics, as well as insight, experience and seasoned judgment to our clients and their business affairs,” said Timothy P. Ryan, Eckert Seamans’ Chief Executive Officer. “We are extremely pleased that Bill is joining our firm and that our clients will have the benefit of his understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s global economy. His history of cultivating relationships on both sides of the aisle makes him an invaluable resource for the firm’s clients as they navigate the changing relationship between business and government.”
“I am excited about working with Eckert Seamans because they understand business and have the legal talent and diverse skill sets to effectively advocate for clients in a variety of industries,” said Mr. Delahunt. “The firm has such a strong reputation in Massachusetts, and I am confident that it will be a great place to continue to work on policy issues that are important to the firm’s clients, including international business, renewable energy and the environment.”
Before his service in Congress, Mr. Delahunt was the Norfolk County District Attorney in Massachusetts for over 22 years. Mr. Delahunt was elected to Congress in 1997 and represented the 10th Congressional District of Massachusetts. In Congress he served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and most recently as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe. While on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Delahunt was a respected leader on policies toward Latin America and Europe. As Chairman of the Europe Subcommittee, Mr. Delahunt had oversight of key aspects of United States foreign policy in Europe. Also while serving in Congress, Mr. Delahunt co-chaired the bipartisan Coast Guard Caucus, Older Americans Caucus and the Congressional Working Group on Cuba.
Mr. Delahunt earned his J.D. from the Boston College Law School and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He also served from 1963 to 1971 in the Coast Guard Reserve.