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Aloha to CPSC Counsel Joe Martyak & Welcome Back to Gib Mullan, Former CPSC General Counsel & Compliance Director

CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle announced today that Joe Martyak, her Chief Counsel, has accepted a position as Vice President for Communications with the Hawaii Community Foundation and will be departing the agency this month. Prior to working for Commissioner Buerkle, Joe served as Chief of Staff, Director of Public Affairs, and Chief Counsel for former Commissioner and Acting Chairman Nancy Nord.

In the same announcement, Commissioner Buerkle followed-up with news that Gib Mullan, currently the Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, will be returning to the CPSC to serve as her Chief Counsel starting in early March. Gib previously served as the CPSC’s General Counsel and as the Director of Compliance.

Joe, who served in three different senior-level positions during his six years at the CPSC, will definitely be missed by many people inside and outside of the agency. Commissioner Buerkle found an experienced and well known new Chief Counsel in Gib. His internal knowledge of the agency and experience working on CPSC-related issues in Congress will undoubtedly serve as an asset to her moving forward.

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Charles A. Samuels

Member / Co-chair, Retail and Consumer Products

Charles A. Samuels is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer at Mintz. He assists clients with consumer product safety, product recalls and environmental regulations. and Chuck also serves as general counsel to many trade associations. Chuck represents clients before federal agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Chuck is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting clients with consumer product safety and environmental regulations. He serves as general counsel to numerous trade associations. For the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted amendments to federal laws, including the Consumer Product Safety Act. Corporations in many industries, local governments, and state agencies are also on his client roster. He represents clients before a wide array of federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), state agencies, and international regulatory organizations.

Chuck is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice. He has been extensively involved in product safety, product recall issues, environmental, tax, health care, technology, and energy issues, and public finance legislative and regulatory matters for a variety of trade associations, corporations, local governments, and state agencies.

His practice encompasses work before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Treasury, US Trade Representative, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and other federal and state agencies. He also has extensive experience dealing with Canada, the European Commission, and international bodies.

Chuck also engages in trade association representation and antitrust counseling. As general counsel of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted the amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Act and the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, and represents the appliance industry at international bodies dealing with safety, energy, ozone depletion, and global warming.

Before joining Mintz, Chuck practiced regulatory law with a law firm in Chicago and then worked in the Executive Office of the President before entering private practice in Washington.