Abel Smith is the Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law. He manages a team of attorneys who represent FMCSA in the following legal areas: general litigation, budget, fiscal, and financial management matters, as well as contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, labor, employment, civil rights, and ethics matters. The team also provides legal advice on the Freedom of Information Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Privacy Act and Federal Advisory Committee Act. Abel joined the General Law Division in October 2008 and handled employment litigation and labor relations, personnel, and civil rights matters prior becoming Assistant Chief. He is a graduate of Grinnell College, where he obtained his B.A.in Economics. He received his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Previously, he worked as attorney in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, an employee relations supervisor for the City of Chicago, and an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Robert BenEzra is assigned to the General Law Division of the Office of the Chief Counsel. He focuses primarily on fiscal law and privacy matters. Prior to joining FMCSA, Robert practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts, where he focused primarily on the defense of tort, employment, products liability, civil rights, and housing law matters. Robert is a graduate of Boston University and Boston College Law School. Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Caitlin Cullitan is an attorney-advisor in both the General Law and the Enforcement and Litigation divisions. She focuses on general law issues relating to the Enforcement Program, including fiscal law, grants, and memorandums of understandings between agencies. She also provides legal services to the CDL and MCSAP programs. After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University, Caitlin served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Durham County guardian ad litem program. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining FMCSA, Caitlin interned with the Federal Election Commission in the Enforcement Division and the University of North Carolina Office of University Counsel.
Kirk Foster joined the FMCSA Office of the Chief Counsel in January 2002 and serves as an attorney advisor in the General Law Division. His primary fields of practice within General Law are the FMCSA Ethics Program, the FMCSA Financial Disclosure Program, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and the Privacy Act. He is also experienced in a variety of other General Law fields, including interagency agreements, web site issues/creation, fiscal law, acquisitions/procurement, tort claims, records management, and litigation. Kirk previously served the Department of Defense, both as an active and a reserve judge advocate, United States Air Force (retired 2007). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in 1982 and his juris doctor from Florida State University in 1985. A native of Tampa, Florida, Kirk now lives in Springfield, Virginia, with his wife and two children.
Edward A. Kendall, Jr. joined the FMCSA Office of the Chief Counsel in April of 2011. Edward serves as an attorney advisor in the General Law Division. His practice focuses primarily on personnel and employment matters, including the provision of advice and counseling to FMCSA managers and human resources staff on labor relations, collective bargaining and employment issues. In addition, he litigates labor and employment cases before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Merit Systems Protections Board, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Edward also is a team member of the FMCSA Ethics Program.
Prior to joining FMCSA, Edward practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts, where he focused primarily on the defense of personal injury, product liability and premises liability matters. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2006. He lives in the District of Columbia.
Sabrina Redd is a staff attorney in the General Law Division. She joined the FMCSA team in May 2010 and brings with her a wealth of litigation experience. Sabrina earned her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1999. She began her legal career as an Air Force Judge Advocate and served on active duty until 2004. After separating from active duty service, Sabrina transitioned to civilian federal service and served as a trial attorney for the Department of Defense, Office of Hearings and Appeals, where she represented the United States before administrative courts adjudicating denials and revocations of industrial security clearances. Sabrina went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Florida Attorney General. In that capacity, Sabrina was the trial defense attorney for Florida agencies and officials in federal, state, and administrative courts in the areas of employment litigation, contract disputes, tort litigation, civil rights litigation, and civil forfeitures.
Kristin Wertman joined the General Law Division of the FMCSA Office of the Chief Counsel in January 2011. She focuses primarily on personnel and employment matters and grants issues. Her work also includes providing legal advice on intellectual property, ethics, the Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and information sharing and interagency agreements. Kristin previously worked as an attorney-advisor with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, another operating mode of the Department of Transportation, where she spent most of her time on hazardous materials enforcement cases. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009.
Jean Wulff is assigned to the General Law Division of the Office of the Chief Counsel. Her primary fields of practice include fiscal law, grants, acquisitions, facilities management and federal tort claims. Jean joined FMCSA with experience in the non-profit sector. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law.
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