Four employees of the transportation and trade law firm Rodriguez O'Donnell Gonzalez & Williams are joining the Washington office of Husch Blackwell.
Attorney Carlos Rodriguez, who entered private practice in 1977, is a well known expert in the field of ocean freight transportation. He successfully gave his boutique law firm a national presence.
Rodriguez said being part of Husch Blackwell will give his clients access to a firm with a broader group of experts in areas such as corporate, tax, and transactional law.
"It's a good fit all around. They have offices in various cities and they have a close relationship with the U.K. firm McGrigors," he said.
He said the firm has a "formidable" group of attorneys in Washington, which includes former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, who had chaired the House Armed Services Committee.
Also joining Husch Blackwell from Rodriquez O'Donnell is attorney Zheng Xie. She represents both American and Chinese clients on matters of international trade, transportation, commercial transactions and corporate regulation.
Two professional staff members are also transferring. They are Eddie Edwards, a senior transportation analyst who is an expert on regulatory transportation and tariff issues, and Christopher Rul, who has experience in areas such as Carriage of Goods by Sea Act; drafting and filing documents with various state and federal courts and the Federal Maritime Commission; and compliance issues with the Automated Export System, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. - Chris Dupin