Lobbying world

•James Mendenhall, the general counsel to the U.S. trade representative, has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the D.C. office’s international-trade practice.

•Cindy Jimenez , a former adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), has joined the Information Technology Association of America as the trade group’s chief advocate on Capitol Hill. During her five years with Pelosi, Jimenez focused on budget and immigration issues.

•Stephen Koplan, a commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission, has joined the Wessel Group, a public-affairs firm, as a senior vice president. Koplan served two terms as chairman of the commission.
•John Tahsuda, former staff director of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has joined Navigators to head up the lobbying firm’s tribal-affairs practice.

•Arch Galloway, Michael Rishling and Tara Chapman have joined the lobbying practice of Kilpatrick Stockton. Galloway, who was the senior defense policy adviser to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rishling, a former intelligence officer for the CIA, will become directors of government relations. Chapman will join as a government-relations adviser.

•Former Rep. Michael Oxley (R-Ohio), who was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has joined Baker Hostetler as counsel.

•Brendan T. Reilly has joined the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association as senior vice president of government relations. Reilly previously worked as a lobbyist for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and was liaison to former House Financial Services Chairman Oxley and Vice Chairwoman Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.).

•Paul Cummins and Phillip Hayes have opened North Bridge Communications, a new public-affairs firm focused on agribusiness, technology, trade and energy. Cummins was a strategist for DCI Group and Hayes worked previously in media relations for Hill & Knowlton.

•Mary Anne Walsh, a former chief of staff to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), has joined Roetzel & Andress, a legal professional organization, as director of government relations.

•Ken Brown, Kareem Murphy and Matt Ward have been promoted to partner at the Ferguson Group.