Clark Hill Announces New Leadership for Washington, D.C. Office

Feb 13, 2019

Thomas K. Ragland Assumes the Helm as Member-In-Charge

Clark Hill LLP today announced the appointment of Thomas K. Ragland as Member-In-Charge of the Washington D.C. office.  Ragland joined Clark Hill in 2016 as a Member, and assumes leadership from Charles Spies who led the office for eight years of continued growth.

“We are pleased that Thomas has agreed to take on leadership of the Washington, D.C. office,” said John Hern, CEO of the firm. “Under Charlie’s guidance, the office has grown significantly. Washington is the hub of client activity across the Clark Hill global platform, and we serve many clients doing business or requiring representation before federal government agencies and before federal and DC local courts.  We thank Charlie for his leadership throughout this period and know he is looking forward to devoting all of his professional energy to growing the firm’s political law practice.”

Ragland is a prominent immigration attorney with 25 years of experience in both private practice and government service. Having worked on both sides of the system, Ragland brings wide-ranging experience and a deep understanding of this country’s increasingly complex immigration laws. Prior to joining private practice, Ragland served for ten years in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in the Boston Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation.   In 2013, Ragland was awarded the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) highest honor, the Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law.

In addition to his leadership role at Clark Hill, Thomas has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University’s Washington College of Law. He is the former Chair of AILA’s Federal Court Litigation Section, is Vice Chair of AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force, authored the chapter on Immigration in the leading treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 4th ed. (Thomson West 2016), and is a Member of the Editorial Board of AILA Law Journal. He is a 1994 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Boston College Third World Law Journal, and a graduate, with honors, of the University of Virginia.

“I look forward to leading the continued growth of Clark Hill’s D.C. office,” said Ragland.  “We have an exceptional, talented team of attorneys and staff, dedicated to serving clients and advancing the rule of law in our nation’s capital. I’m particularly focused on enhancing the diverse makeup of our D.C. office and will be thinking out-of-the-box and working with people – both within and outside the firm – on how to tackle one of our industry’s biggest and most important challenges.”

Jane C. Luxton, a Member in the D.C office whose practice focuses on environmental, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters, also heads up Clark Hill D.C.’s Women’s Initiative. “We know a diverse workplace is not only good for business, but it enhances our day to day lives and interactions and helps us find the best solutions to our clients’ most important problems,” said Luxton.   “A commitment to diversity in hiring and promotion, training our lawyers to be the very best and giving them the tools and flexibility to have both rewarding careers and personal lives are key to Clark Hill’s successful future growth.”

Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C. office has over 40 lawyers, lobbyists, and professionals in practices ranging from environment, energy and natural resources, immigration, international trade, transportation, political law, government affairs, and litigation to privacy and cyber security. The firm is in expansion mode, attracting high quality laterals interested in joining a firm with an exciting and growing international platform.