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Frank Seales Named NHTSA Chief Counsel

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Frank Seales Named NHTSA Chief Counsel

July 8, 1998

NHTSA 36-98
July 8, 1998
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today announced the appointment Frank Seales Jr. as chief counsel of the department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Seales spent more than 20 years in the practice of law, including eight years as the Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Antitrust and Consumer Litigation Section of the Virginia Attorney General's office and 14 years as a senior trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the first African American to serve as NHTSA's chief counsel.

"We are fortunate to have a person of Frank's talent and experience to oversee legal operations in an agency of the department that has such an important influence on the safety of motor vehicles manufactured in the United States and abroad," Secretary Slater said. "Safety is President Clinton's highest transportation priority."

NHTSA is the federal agency responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. In addition, NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles; sets and enforces fuel economy standards; helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers; promotes the use of seat belts, child safety seats and air bags; investigates odometer fraud; establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations; and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.

"Frank's wide experience in both state and federal courts makes him a very valuable addition to NHTSA's team," said NHTSA Administrator Ricardo Martinez, M.D.

Seales will oversee the day-to-day legal operations of the 600-person organization.

In addition to serving on the boards of directors of a number of civic and community based organizations, Seales is currently the treasurer of the National Bar Institute and a former vice president of the National Bar Association. He graduated from Tennessee State University with honors in 1971 and earned his law degree in 1974 from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Ind..

Seales is the son of Viola Roberts and Frank Seales Sr. of Daytona Beach, Fla.

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