The law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Harold D. “Hal” Stratton, Jr.
has joined the firm as senior counsel in the corporate and business group. With 25 years of litigation experience in New Mexico, Stratton will also play a critical role in the firm’s litigation practice. Stratton is returning to Albuquerque after serving as Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from 2002 to 2006. Prior to his service in the federal government, Stratton served as New Mexico’s Attorney General from 1987 to 1990.
Stratton will be based in Brownstein’s Albuquerque office, but will also 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.
“Hal is a significant addition to our growing office,” said David Buchholtz, managing partner of the firm’s Albuquerque office. “His 30 years of diverse legal experience and knowledge will undoubtedly benefit our current and future clients, not to mention the local legal community.”
Most recently, Stratton was an attorney with Dykema Gossett PLLC in Washington, D.C. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School 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. Additionally, he coordinated with six federal agencies to create http://www.recalls.gov
to provide a universal location for consumers to locate all federal government consumer recalls. Stratton has given over 100 speeches and lectures across the country on product safety and recently returned from Merida, Mexico where he spoke at the World Health Organization’s 9th Annual World Product Safety and Injury Prevention Conference. While at the CPSC Stratton presided over the agencies largest ever consumer recall and the promulgation of the agencies first major regulation, which addresses mattress flammability.
“I am excited to be back home in Albuquerque along with my family and to be working with Brownstein’s talented team of attorneys,” said Stratton.
Before being appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate as Chairman of the CPSC, Stratton was a founding senior partner of Stratton & Cavin, P.A. in Albuquerque. In 1979, Stratton was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives at the age of 28 by defeating the House Majority Whip. During his four terms in the New Mexico House, he served on a number of committees, including the Judiciary Committee, where he served as chairman, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he served as vice chairman, the Transportation Committee and the Rules Committee. In 1986, Stratton was elected as New Mexico attorney general and is the only Republican to hold that position since 1930.
Stratton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a juris doctorate degree in law from the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma as a Distinguished Military Graduate, is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is a native of Muskogee, Okla. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife, Theresa, and their two daughters.