Scott Darling, III is the Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As Chief Counsel, Scott serves as counsel to the Administrator and the Agency's chief legal officer. He oversees attorneys located both in FMCSA's headquarters and in the regional service centers.
Scott joined FMCSA from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the public transit agency serving the greater Boston area, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant General Counsel. He also served previously as MBTA's Environmental and Land Use Counsel as well as its Privacy Administrator. Prior to joining MBTA, Scott provided counsel to a number of public and private sector clients on transportation, land-use, housing, and environmental issues.
He is a graduate of the following experiential executive education programs: Boston YMCA's LeadBoston, UMass/Boston's Emerging Leaders, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Future Leaders. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Clark University, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Tufts University, and a Juris Doctor's degree from Suffolk University.
Chuck Fromm is FMCSA's Deputy Chief Counsel. In that capacity he assists the Chief Counsel in oversight of all legal issues arising before the Agency and with supervision of the Office of Chief Counsel's 30+ employees.
Mr. Fromm joined the FMCSA Office of Chief Counsel as an attorney-advisor in the Enforcement and Litigation Division (MC-CCE) in 2004. While a staff attorney Mr. Fromm served as FMCSA lead counsel on the hours of service rule litigation and the electronic on-board recorders rulemaking.
FMCSA promoted Mr. Fromm to Assistant Chief Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation in April 2007. In that position, which he held until March 2012, he and MC-CCE's headquarters attorneys, field attorneys and field paralegals provided legal support in a wide range of substantive areas, including enforcement policy development, civil penalty cases, safety rating appeals, new entrant safety assurance reviews, commercial driver's license issues, hazardous materials regulation and permit reviews, self-insurance, drug and alcohol enforcement, passenger carrier and household goods regulation, motor carrier registration, commercial enforcement and Administrative Procedure Act litigation.
Mr. Fromm holds a B.A. from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before coming to FMCSA in 2004 he worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he litigated insurance coverage, antitrust and other civil cases. He also worked on matters before a number of Federal agencies at a Washington, D.C. regulatory consulting firm.
Andrea Manka is the Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In that capacity, she supports the entire Chief Counsel team and advises the Chief Counsel regarding legislative assistance, adjudications, and legal questions regarding the Agency's policies, regulations and programs. Andrea comes to FMCSA from private practice in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she worked on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters including insurance coverage, commercial fraud, legal malpractice and entertainment matters. Andrea earned her B.A. degree in economics and art history, summa cum laude,from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
Jackie Cho serves as adjudications counsel. She began her DOT career in the Enforcement and Litigation Division of FMCSA's Office of Chief Counsel and served as an attorney-advisor for three years. Prior to rejoining FMCSA in 2011, she was a Senior Attorney in the Hazardous Materials Safety Law Division of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, where she prosecuted civil penalty cases for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, acted as lead counsel for the Enhanced Enforcement Procedures Final Rule, and advised the Hazmat program offices on enforcement and regulatory matters. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and served as pro se law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Steve Farbman has been serving as Adjudications Counsel since the position was created in 1996 by one of FMCSA's predecessor agencies, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Steve began his Federal career in 1978 with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and moved to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, in January of 1985, following the sunset of the CAB. After a brief tour with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Steve returned to DOT in 1987 for two years in the Office of Chief Counsel of what was then known as the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), now more aptly named the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). He then spent six years with Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement, before moving to become FHWA's Adjudications Counsel. Steve has been serving on the Core Committee for DOT's Honors Attorney Program since 2003.
Steve received his B.A. in History and Ed.M. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He taught 5th and 6th graders in one of Buffalo's low income neighborhoods for four years, before heading to Boston College Law School, from which he graduated in 1975. After a stint in private practice, Steve spent two years as a lawyer with the Massachusetts Insurance Division before moving to Virginia to work for the CAB.
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