PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Buchanan Ingersoll announced today that Jack Thomas Tomarchio, a shareholder in the firm's Federal Government Relations Section, will resign to accept a position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Tomarchio, a former Army prosecutor and a colonel in the Army Reserve, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the principal deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for information analysis, which translates into deputy director of intelligence for the DHS. This is a new position created by the DHS as part of its reorganization.
Tomarchio will resign from Buchanan Ingersoll on January 9, 2006, and will be sworn in during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. In his new role he will help to build the intelligence capabilities of the DHS, and manage intelligence that could be useful to the country in defense against terrorism and other threats. He will also serve as primary liaison to a number of entities, including state and local governments, Congress, intelligence agencies such as the CIA and FBI, and major companies in the airline, energy, rail, pharmaceutical and health care industries.
Tomarchio notes this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "This is an unexpected thrill, to be asked to take on a position like this," he said. "I am both honored and humbled that the president would select me for this position, and I will do my very best to execute my new duties at this critical time in our nation's history." Tomarchio will transition his clients to other Buchanan Ingersoll lawyers and government relations professionals.
"We're proud that Jack has been chosen to serve our country in this capacity. It confirms what we already knew, that he is a professional of the highest caliber," Buchanan Ingersoll CEO Thomas L. VanKirk said.
Jack Thomas Tomarchio is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Buchanan Ingersoll and co-chair of the firm's National Security Practice Group. He joined the firm earlier this year as part of a merger with Hill Solutions, the lobbying boutique he co-founded. The eight-person group has particular strength in the homeland security and national defense sectors, and joined the firm's Federal and State Government Relations practices.
Tomarchio focused his practice on representing educational institutions, defense contractors, cultural arts organizations, energy companies and transportation agencies. He has experience with defense appropriations issues, as well as other matters ranging from the Pennsylvania Turnpike's EZPass system to conservation legislation.
Tomarchio earned his J.D. degree from Vermont Law School in 1980. He received his B.A. degree in history, cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a master of strategic studies from the United States Army War College, and a master of governmental administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tomarchio is a native of Newtown Square, PA, where he resides with his wife Gail F. Tomarchio, a psychologist, and their two children, Katherine (17) and Matthew (14).
About Buchanan Ingersoll
Buchanan Ingersoll PC is one of the largest law firms in the nation, and has nearly 415 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing throughout the United States, with offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, New York, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Miami, Aventura, Tampa, Wilmington, Princeton, Cleveland, San Diego and Silicon Valley.