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WASHINGTON � Harold D. “Hal” Stratton, Jr., a former chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as senior counsel in the firm’s corporate and business group. Stratton, who prior to his service in the federal government was New Mexico’s attorney general, will be based in the firm’s Albuquerque office where he also will play a critical role in the firm’s litigation practice. He also will work out of the firm’s washington, D.C., office. His work will focus on advising and counseling clients in regard to product safety and products liability law. Stratton will continue to practice in the areas of government regulation, international trade and regulation, and state and multi-state regulation and litigation with an emphasis on representing clients in regard to issues that relate to the state attorneys general. Stratton served as head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 2002 to 2006, and as New Mexico’s top legal officer. Most recently, he was an attorney with Dykema Gossett PLLC in Washington, D.C. Stratton is currently an adjunct professor of law at George Mason UniversityS chool of Law in Arlington, Va. where he created and teaches a course on state attorneys general and multi-state litigation and regulation. While serving as chairman of the CPSC, Stratton created the agency’s office of international programs and built formal relationships with various safety agencies in a number of foreign countries including China, Mexico, India, Canada, and the European Union. He also presided over the agency’s largest ever consumer recall and the promulgation of the agency’s first major regulation, which addresses mattress flammability.

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