Biographical Sketch: Stephen J. Pollak, Esq.Dawn Bellinger2019-03-10T18:34:49-04:00
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STEPHEN J. POLLAK Stephen J. Pollak is senior counsel to Goodwin Procter (October 2004 to present) and was a partner (1969 to October 2004) and former Chair of the Executive Committee of Shea & Gardner (1993-1996) prior to its merger with Goodwin Procter in October 2004. Mr. Pollak joined the Firm in 1969 after serving in the United States Department of Justice and the White House from 1961 through 1969. Among his governmental positions were Advisor to the President for National Capital Affairs (1967) and First Assistant and Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division (1965-67, 1967-69) and Assistant to the Solicitor General (1961-64), U.S. Department of Justice. Since 1989, Mr. Pollak has been a member of the Panel of Mediators appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Panel of Mediators appointed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2016, the two Courts designated Mr. Pollak as Chair of the Panels of Mediators. He has served as mediator in approximately 75 cases, and as arbitrator in five cases that went through evidentiary hearing to decision. Mr. Pollak is also a member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Washington, D.C. Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. Mr. Pollak has served as a training consultant in mediation for the Office of Dispute Resolution of the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to service as mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Pollak’s legal practice has consisted primarily of representing clients in trial and appellate litigation in the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court (12 cases argued), Courts of Appeals, and various District Courts and before federal departments and agencies. His fields of concentration in litigation have included constitutional law, labor and antitrust law, civil rights, ERISA, and legal ethics. He has also represented individuals under investigation for possible violation of federal laws, including lawyers and law firms against whom complaints have been lodged with the Bar Counsel. From 1999 through 2003, Mr. Pollak served as Special Master in the Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1285, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on appointment by Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan. He was responsible, among other things, for resolving all discovery disputes. Mr. Pollak has served as lead counsel for the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds, a collectively bargained multiemployer benefit fund, in litigation over the validity under the labor and antitrust laws of provisions of the bargaining agreement requiring contributions to the Funds on coal purchased by companies signatory to the agreement. Mr. Pollak has handled more than 50 cases of this nature for the Funds, recovering more than $100 million in contributions. Other litigation for the Funds includes lawsuits testing the meaning of the 1992 Coal Act which created the UMWA Combined Benefit Fund and provided for its funding primarily by companies signatory to prior collective bargaining agreements. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Pollak was lead outside counsel for the National Education Association in many cases at trial, on appeal and in the Supreme Court presenting frontier constitutional, civil rights and labor issues. Mr. Pollak served as counsel to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Joseph Califano, in drafting regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and was counsel for respondent Camenisch in the University of Texas v. Camenisch, 451 U.S. 390 (1981), in which the rights under federal law of a student with a hearing impairment to have the assistance of a sign language interpreter were at issue. Mr. Pollak was President of the District of Columbia Bar (1980-81) and a member of the Board of Governors of the Bar (1972-73, 1974-75, 1979-80, and 1981-82). He served as Chair of the Bar’s Public Service Activities Committee (1989-95) and was the leader of a review committee that restructured the Bar’s pro bono activities. Mr. Pollak was President (7/2008- 6/2009) and a member of the Board of Directors (2003-2009) of the D.C. Bar Foundation. He is a member of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission (March 2005-present). Mr. Pollak has served as a member and Chair of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (1984-90, 1994-96), responsible for selection of the Chief Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as well as presentation to the President of candidates for nomination as judges of those Courts. Mr. Pollak is President and member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit (2003-present, 1993-present). Mr. Pollak is a member of the American Bar Association, serving in the House of Delegates (1978-81), and the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (1969 to Present) and served as co-chair (1975-77). Mr. Pollak attended Dartmouth College (B.A. 1950) and Yale Law School (LL.B. 1956), and served in the U.S. Navy (1950-53). May 17, 2016