Marella returns to Gibbons after stint in D.C.

David Marella has returned to Gibbons P.C. following a six-month stint as a policy adviser on drug addiction and the opioid crises to President Donald Trump’s administration.

“We are delighted to welcome David back to the firm and look forward to his future as he continues to grow and advance in his career,” Gibbons Chairman and Managing Partner Patrick Dunican said.

Marella received a presidential political appointment to serve on a six-month, full-time basis in the leadership role of adviser to the executive director of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

The commission, which was chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, disbanded at the end of the year.

The commission, which operated within the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was tasked with studying the scope and effectiveness of the federal response to the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to Trump.

As part of the team addressing the historic health crisis, Marella advised Christie and collaborated with officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs and National Security Council.