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Michael F. Scanlon

Partner
+1.202.661.3764
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Mr. Scanlon's practice concentrates on the postal and maritime industries, administrative procedure and litigation. 

Mr. Scanlon advises and represents both large and small clients on a broad range of commercial and administrative law issues. His litigation experience includes numerous federal court and agency proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels,  including significant experience with matters involving rates, fees and other competitive issues.

Mr. Scanlon also advises and helps lobby on behalf of a wide range of companies and industry associations pursuing legislation, seeking regulatory implementation of newly-enacted laws, and representing their interests before Congress and federal agencies. 

Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Scanlon clerked for Chief U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin of the Northern District of New York.  He received a master's degree in public administration along with his law degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Prior to studying law, Mr. Scanlon was the director of research and communications with a Washington, D.C.-based national trade association.

Postal Practice
Mr. Scanlon has represented clients in omnibus rate cases, classification proceedings, rulemakings, and complaint proceedings before the Postal Regulatory Commission and its predecessor, the Postal Rate Commission.  He has also represented mailers in appeals from U.S. Postal Service revenue deficiency claims, procurement issues, and has provided strategic counsel on rate eligibility and mailability claims.

Mr. Scanlon has experience with both domestic and international mail policy and rate issues.  He has served as lead counsel in negotiating contract pricing arrangements between mailers and the United States Postal Service. 

Mr. Scanlon has extensive experience working with industry associations and providing strategic advice on postal policy matters.  He has drafted amendments to the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act that became law in 2006.

Maritime
Mr. Scanlon's practice involves domestic and international maritime matters.  He is experienced in and advises clients with respect to vessel construction and conversion, as well as documentation issues involving citizenship limitations on the ownership of U.S. flag vessels.  In addition, he has significant experience in areas of vessel documentation, citizenship, operation and crewing, operating support (VISA, Maritime Security Program), and national defense shipping.

Mr. Scanlon's maritime representations include extensive work on the coastwise laws, both from the policy perspective and their enforcement by U.S. Customs.  He has represented container shipping companies, tanker operators, cruise lines and bulk carriers before federal agencies and in federal courts.