George R. Salem heads the Law Offices of George R. Salem, PLLC, and is a Strategic Advisor with DLA Piper US LLP, where he is focused on assisting in the development of the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices. From 1990-2004, Mr. Salem was a partner at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer Feld, LLP, where he headed that firm's Middle East and U.S. DOL practices. During the course of his career, Mr. Salem has negotiated some of the most significant settlements in the field of labor law.  From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Salem served as the Solicitor of Labor. Mr. Salem played key roles in the Reagan-Bush '84, Bush-Quayle '88 and Bush-Cheney '00 and ‘04 campaigns.  In 2003 he was named to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy’s Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.  On behalf of the Bush Administration Mr. Salem served as an official observer to the Palestinian elections held in February 2005, and also as President Bush’s representative to the funeral of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.  In 1992 Mr. Salem received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  Mr. Salem received his B.A. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1977 from Emory University and his LL.M. in labor law in 1984 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Bars of Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia.


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