ATLANTA, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC) has named Cingular Wireless' Joaquin Carbonell as its chairman of the board. Carbonell is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cingular Wireless and has served on the NCLC board of directors since 2003. He succeeds William Barr, former Attorney General of the United States.
The NCLC is the public-policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It plays a major role in shaping public policy on important legal questions of national concern to American business while achieving long-range improvements in the legal system. Since its inception in 1977, the Litigation Center has participated in nearly 1,000 cases as the voice of business in the courts and regulatory agencies. For more than 25 years, NCLC has represented the interests of the business community and championed the principles of private enterprise.
As Chairman, Carbonell will be responsible for leading the Litigation Center at a critical time when the business community faces important issues in state and federal courts across the country as well the Supreme Court.
"I am deeply honored by this appointment," said Carbonell. "NCLC is the nation's premiere organization in supporting and promoting business interests in the courts. I intend to advance the business community's agenda on the key legal issues in which we are involved, including punitive damages, class actions, arbitration and federal preemption."
"NCLC is fortunate to have as its chairman someone with Joaquin's leadership skills and passion to advance its pro-business litigation agenda in the courts and in the regulatory agencies," said Suzanne Clark, Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Carbonell is one of the nation's top lawyers whose stellar experience includes senior leadership in both the business and legal fields.
Carbonell has been Cingular's General Counsel since its formation in 2000 and in this role he led the regulatory and legal teams that successfully completed the merger of Cingular Wireless with AT&T Wireless in 2004 in record time.
He is a native of Camaguey, Cuba. He attended Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke University's School of Law. In 1989, he was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at Stanford University, where he received a Masters Degree in Management.