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• Edwin Elfmann is joining the American Bankers Association as the group’s senior legislative representative. Elfmann recently worked for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) as a legislative assistant. Before that, he worked for the National Corn Growers Association managing legislative and political affairs.

• Kathleen Carroll has been hired as the new chairwoman of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) government relations committee. Carroll is HID Global’s director of government relations. Before that, she chaired SIA’s State Policy Advocacy Working Group. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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• Brian Gottlieb has moved to Purple Strategies to be a research strategist. Gottlieb recently ran Got-Focus, which was his own research organization. He has conducted research for several major clients, including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association and the Republican National Committee.

• Patton Boggs added eight individuals to its M&A, capital markets, litigation, energy and Islamic finance practices, including five who will work out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The professionals were previously affiliated with Dewey & LeBoeuf. The group will be headed by Khalid al-Thebity, who has represented the Saudi government for more than 15 years. Former Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans Brian Vohrer will be part of the team.

• Wayne D’Angelo has returned to Kelley Drye & Warren as the firm’s Washington-based special counsel. D’Angelo leaves the American Petroleum Institute, where he was counsel. He also has experience working for the EPA administrator and general counsel as a presidential appointee and as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Bob Franks (R-N.J.). D’Angelo has worked for Kelley Drye’s environmental law group as an associate.

• Former Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) has formed Porter Gordon Silver Communications, a business development and government affairs company that has a strategic partnership with the law firm Gordon Silver. Sean Higgins, a partner at the law firm, will be the chief operating officer for the new company. Higgins has worked for the Herbst Companies as in-house counsel.

• Kathleen Carroll has been hired as the new chairwoman of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) government relations committee. Carroll is HID Global’s director of government relations. Before that, she chaired SIA’s State Policy Advocacy Working Group. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

• Brian Gottlieb has moved to Purple Strategies to be a research strategist. Gottlieb recently ran Got-Focus, which was his own research organization. He has conducted research for several major clients, including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association and the Republican National Committee.

• Patton Boggs added eight individuals to its M&A, capital markets, litigation, energy and Islamic finance practices, including five who will work out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The professionals were previously affiliated with Dewey & LeBoeuf. The group will be headed by Khalid al-Thebity, who has represented the Saudi government for more than 15 years. Former Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans Brian Vohrer will be part of the team.

• Wayne D’Angelo has returned to Kelley Drye & Warren as the firm’s Washington-based special counsel. D’Angelo leaves the American Petroleum Institute, where he was counsel. He also has experience working for the EPA administrator and general counsel as a presidential appointee and as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Bob Franks (R-N.J.). D’Angelo has worked for Kelley Drye’s environmental law group as an associate.

• Former Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) has formed Porter Gordon Silver Communications, a business development and government affairs company that has a strategic partnership with the law firm Gordon Silver. Sean Higgins, a partner at the law firm, will be the chief operating officer for the new company. Higgins has worked for the Herbst Companies as in-house counsel.

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