Judge Thomas B. Griffith and Lewis F. Powell III Named to ABA Task Force for American Democracy

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August 18, 2023

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP special counsel Judge Thomas B. Griffith and special counsel Lewis F. Powell III have been named to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Task Force for American Democracy.

The ABA’s Task Force for American Democracy seeks to look at ways to improve public trust in our election system. The focus of the task force includes depoliticizing the administration of elections; educating the public on the principles of American democracy; and identifying and advancing improvements and innovations in our systems of election that address the root causes of the current politicization and lack of trust in the election process and democracy. Co-chaired by former 4th Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig and former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson, the task force includes thought leaders, lawyers, former elected officials and business leaders, among others, representing a bipartisan group of recognized national leaders with expertise in American government, democracy and the rule of law.

Griffith served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2005–2020. While on the bench, he was the author of approximately 200 opinions on a range of matters including administrative, environmental and energy law, and congressional investigations. Griffith joined the firm in 2021, focusing his practice on appellate litigation, congressional and internal investigations, and strategic counseling.

Powell’s litigation practice has ranged from complex intellectual property, commercial, fraud, and antitrust cases; to the nuclear regulatory field and environmental and toxic tort matters; and to telecommunications issues. He has handled trial and appellate matters before courts and regulatory agencies in more than 15 states.

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