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Richard Griffin Jr., who was sworn in Monday as the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has turned to veteran NLRB lawyers to serve as his top aides, the labor and employment watchdog has announced.

Jennifer Abruzzo was brought on as deputy general counsel, while Rachel Lennie has taken on the job of assistant general counsel. They each have spent more than 15 years at the NLRB.

Abruzzo has worked in the labor board’s Office of the General Counsel since 2011, most recently serving in its Division of Legal Counsel. She joined the NLRB in 1995 as a field attorney at the board’s Miami office.

Lennie’s most recent post was deputy chief counsel to board member Kent Hirozawa, after serving in that role for Griffin when he was on the board. She came to NLRB in 1997 to work in the Appellate Court Branch.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Griffin as the NLRB’s legal chief Oct. 29 on a party-line vote. Republican opposition to Griffin’s confirmation stemmed from President Barack Obama’s decision to use his recess appointment authority to put Griffin on the board in 2012, sidestepping the Senate’s confirmation process.

Griffin replaced acting general counsel Lafe Solomon, who had served as the board’s top lawyer since 2010.

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