Employee Spotlight

Oleg Kobelev, Tobacco Staff Attorney

Oleg Kobelev joined the NAAG team less than a month ago but he has already attuned to his role as a staff attorney on the Tobacco Project. Oleg is responsible for a number of duties that primarily concern communication with states on issues regarding the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). He routinely coordinates with states to address public health and payment issues under the MSA, to discuss federal and state legislation, and to ensure maintenance of the Wiki page that facilitates communication between states and the Tobacco Project.

His past government and litigation experience is sure to have eased his transition. Prior to joining NAAG, Oleg was a staff attorney in the legal division of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also worked for Sidley Austin, LLP, a large multinational law firm in New York.

“I handled a broad spectrum of cases while working at the Court and at Sidley Austin,” he said. “Here I enjoy the opportunity to specialize in one particular area. It’s a nice change of pace.”

Oleg graduated with high honors from Guilford College in 2003, and went on to graduate with honors from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 2006. There he was editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Oleg moved to North Carolina in 1998. He now resides in Arlington, Va., and enjoys cycling, hiking, and traveling.

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