Brock R. Landry

Brock Landry is a partner in the Firm’s Government Division that includes more than 150 lawyers and lobbyists in the legislative, regulatory, environmental, financial services, government contracts and local government practice areas. His own practice focuses on "trade association law," which, for Mr. Landry, has a far reach, including corporate governance, non-profit taxation, antitrust, regulatory issues (environmental, health, and safety), international trade, standards development, litigation, legislative, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Landry brings to his work a full understanding of how industry coalitions and trade associations work to solve common problems and an approach to disputes which focuses first and foremost on effective negotiation and favorable resolution. His legal experience over the years includes work on trade association governance; contract negotiation; products liability, construction and probate litigation; appeals; workers’ compensation and fire insurance rate-making; customs classification and procedures; anti-dumping; lobbying; administrative law; product safety; and antitrust and distribution issues. Mr. Landry's diverse experience in these matters brings broad perspective to his representations.

Representative Clients
Mr. Landry's clients include: American Lumber Standard Committee, Incorporated; Composite Panel Association; Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association; Metal Building Manufacturers Association; Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association; Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy; American Forest & Paper Association; Bicycle Products Suppliers Association; American Iron & Steel Institute; Adhesive & Sealants Council; Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of North America; and National Electrical Manufacturers Association; among many others.

Significant Matters
Mr. Landry has worked with a variety of industry groups in avoiding onerous and unreasonable regulation. He was instrumental in devising and carrying out a strategy for the banking industry to alter capital proposals of the Federal Housing Finance Board that could have crippled the Federal Home Loan Bank system. For more than thirty-five years he has represented the wood products, furniture and cabinet industries in the regulation of formaldehyde emissions from their products in proceedings at OSHA, EPA, CPSC, HUD, OMB and various state agencies. Most recently, he served as counsel to the California Wood Industries Coalition in achieving reasonable formaldehyde regulations from the California Air Resources Board.

In the 111th Congress, he successfully lobbied for the passage of an amendment of the Toxic Substances Control Act to impose nation-wide standards for formaldehyde emissions, thereby wresting the issue from EPA rule-making and creating an even playing field for domestic manufacturers. He has successfully defended a range of industry associations in product-related conspiracy litigation. In Sizemore v. Georgia-Pacific, his client won summary judgment in one of the most extensive and favorable opinions describing the bases of associational liability and appropriate defenses.

In the area of corporate governance, he was retained by the United Way of the National Capitol Area to assist in the rejuvenation of that charity after much publicized leadership improprieties.

He has recently handled significant trade association mergers including American Bankers Association / America's Community Bankers and American Electronics Association / Information Technology Association of America.

Active in community, civic, and charitable efforts, Mr. Landry devotes time to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, serving as its Treasurer and Director. He is also on the Boards of the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Volunteers of America, Chesapeake.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Antitrust, 2) Tax-Exempt Organizations, 3) Environmental Law, 4) Political Law and 5) Regulatory
Law School The University of Michigan Law School ( J.D., 1974)
Education Yale University (B.A.,1970)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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