NAM Bolsters Legal Team, Strengthens Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action with New Hires

Tolsdorf Named Litigation VP and Deputy General Counsel; Former White House Advisor de la Torre to Lead MCLA’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is adding two seasoned attorneys to its Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), the leading voice of manufacturers in the courts. Led by Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly, the MCLA engages in a proactive legal strategy to advance policy objectives and strategic manufacturing interests.

Peter Tolsdorf joins the NAM as Vice President for Litigation and Deputy General Counsel, replacing Quentin Riegel who is retiring after 38 years at the association. A veteran of a top industry trade association, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and major private law practices, Tolsdorf will lead the NAM’s court room advocacy, which includes direct party litigation as well as a robust amicus program.

“Peter is an accomplished litigator with an impressive background that spans both the public and private sectors,” said Kelly. “Peter is an important addition to our growing legal team and brings a strong record of success to the MCLA’s advocacy on behalf of manufacturers in America.”

Lindsey de la Torre joins the NAM as Executive Director of the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) and Special Counsel to the MCLA. A veteran of the Bush White House, the Department of Justice and a Fortune 500 company, de la Torre will work with elected officials, media and the public in support of manufacturers facing baseless lawsuits across the country.

“Lindsey’s arrival could not come at a more crucial moment, with a growing number of public officials joining activists and plaintiffs’ lawyers in a misguided campaign to target manufacturers across the country,” said Kelly. “Lindsey brings with her years of legal expertise and a thorough understanding of this growing threat to manufacturers. Her addition to the team will bolster efforts to push back against attacks and shed light on those who would abuse our legal system to further their own political agendas.”

These new hires follow three waves of staff additions at the NAM over the past six months as part of the association’s ambitious plan to expand its reach and effectiveness. Following last September’s announcement of six new hires and promotions, the NAM earlier this month rolled out a second wave of new hires to its communications and advocacy divisions as well as a third wave of new hires to its government relations and policy divisions.

More information about the MCLA can be found here. More information about the MAP can be found here



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The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at