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ANSI Appoints Patricia A. Griffin as Vice President and General Counsel


New York, NY, Aug 13, 2004

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private not-for-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, has announced the appointment of Ms. Patricia A. Griffin as its new vice president and general counsel. She will join ANSI staff in the New York office on September 20, 2004.

Ms. Griffin has more than twenty years of experience in litigation and commercial disputes, including extensive experience in contracts, employment, intellectual property rights, and other commercial law issues. She comes to ANSI after nearly ten years – including five years as a litigation partner – with the New York City-based law offices of King & Spalding. Her prior practice as an associate attorney at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon included a wide variety of IPR issues encompassing trademark, copyright and patent disputes.

“Patricia’s background encompasses a wide variety of commercial issues,” said Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO. “She is an experienced attorney with strong credentials and a successful track record representing both commercial interests and not-for-profit organizations. She is well-qualified to address the needs of ANSI and the broader standardization and conformity assessment community and we look forward to her advice, counsel and leadership as a member of the ANSI management team.”

“I’m very excited to be joining an organization with so many strengths and opportunities,” said Ms. Griffin. “I look forward to working with the Institute’s members and its senior management team to help guide ANSI's future growth and continued success.”

ANSI’s new legal counsel earned her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also served as a contributing author to, and as executive editor of, the Albany Law Review. Ms. Griffin is admitted to practice in New York; New York State Court; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District, New York.

ANSI’s mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 120,000 entities and 3.2 million professionals worldwide.

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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