Freddie Mac has hired Ralph Boyd Jr. to be the mortgage finance company's general counsel.A senior partner at Alston & Bird in Washington, Boyd is experienced in corporate law and litigation. He previously served as head of the Justice Department's civil rights division. "This is a critical time in Freddie Mac' history, and Ralph will play an important role in helping shape the company's future," Freddie chairman and chief executive Richard Syron said. In addition to Freddie's legal operation, Mr. Boyd will oversee regulatory relations and direct the corporation's legislative activities at the federal, state and local levels. Acting general counsel Joan Donoghue will remain at Freddie as the principal deputy general counsel.

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