Schiff Hardin LLP today announced that Mike Gentine has joined the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group as counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. Gentine previously held positions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and most recently served as in-house regulatory counsel at Polaris Industries Inc., advising on federal regulatory matters primarily in the area of product safety. Gentine’s role at Polaris also encompassed government relations, advocating for Polaris’ legislative and policy interests before federal, state, and local governments.
“Our clients face complex regulatory issues that can significantly impact their business, so having Mike’s insight and experience from inside the CPSC – combined with his experience on the frontlines of the manufacturing sector – will be extremely beneficial,” said Joseph J. Krasovec III, co-leader of Schiff’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Gentine served as senior counsel for the Office of CPSC Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic from 2014-2017, where he provided legal counsel on various policy, enforcement, and ethics issues, and political advice on furthering the commissioner’s policy goals. He led several efforts to reform rules and regulations, including an initiative that reduced the paperwork burden on CPSC-regulated apparel manufacturers by more than $250 million a year. He previously worked at the CPSC as a legal fellow and law clerk in the Office of Commissioner Nancy Nord.
“With a product liability team that spans the country coast to coast, expanding our capabilities in Washington is key to our growth strategy,” added Thomas Crispi, who co-leads the group and is based in the firm’s New York office.
During his legal education, Gentine held two positions as law clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, first to Ranking Member Chuck Grassley in 2011, and then to Senator Mike Lee in 2012. He also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps in the Naval Legal Service Office North Central Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard.
“I am thrilled to be working with a team that has a strong national reputation and successful track record of representing clients in product liability matters,” Gentine said. “Helping clients with risk reduction and long-term planning dovetails nicely with the firm’s experience in high-stakes litigation.”
Gentine earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2012. Prior to law school, Gentine had a career in news and sports radio, including serving as the Capital Bureau Chief of Florida’s Radio Network, in Tallahassee, Fla. He earned an M.A. in communication from Florida State University in 2009 and a B.A. in history from Florida State University in 2003.