Wiley Rein Ups Five To Partner And Of Counsel

The Washington law firm of Wiley Rein elected two new partners, Thomas R. McCarthy and Mark B. Sweet, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The firm has also promoted three associates — Robert E. DeFrancesco III, Rebecca L. Saitta and Maureen E. Thorson — to of counsel.

In addition, former associate Elbert Lin rejoined the firm as a partner in November, after completing a clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

“These promotions reflect the notable and hard-earned achievements of a group of outstanding lawyers,” said Wiley Rein Chairman Richard E. Wiley. “We congratulate them for these well-deserved accomplishments and applaud the dedication they have shown to their clients and the firm.”

Elbert Lin is a partner in the Appellate and Telecommunications Practices. In addition to his clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court, Lin served as a law clerk for Judge William Pryor, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and law clerk for the Judge Robert E. Keeton, senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Thomas R. McCarthy, previously of counsel in the Appellate and Communications Practices, represents clients in litigation before federal and state trial and appellate courts and in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies.

Mark B. Sweet, promoted from associate in the White Collar Defense Practice, counsels clients on complex issues for government investigations, whistleblower complaints and mandatory disclosures.


Robert E. DeFrancesco, III, promoted from associate, is a member of the International Trade Practice and focuses on all aspects of trade remedy proceedings.

Rebecca L. Saitta, previously an associate in the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Practice, represents debtor and creditor clients on a variety of bankruptcy and insolvency issues in bankruptcy courts across the country.

Maureen E. Thorson, formerly an associate in the International Trade Practice, represents clients in all areas of customs law, compliance and international trade litigation.

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