Lobbying World

• Kyle Simpson has joined Hogan Lovells, where he will be a member of the firm’s legislative practice group in its Washington office. Before coming to the firm, Simpson was a policy director for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He was also founder, president and CEO of Morgan Meguire, a lobbying firm focused on energy and environmental issues. Simpson was a senior policy adviser to the Energy secretary as well as to the associate deputy secretary for energy programs. 

• Lynn Whipkey Mehler has also joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the firm’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology practice group in its Washington office. Mehler was senior counsel for drugs at the Food and Drug Administration and was one of the principal lawyers to the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She counseled senior agency officials on several legal issues, including drug safety, drug labeling, post-marketing studies and trials and regulation of controlled substances. 

• Debra Cabral has joined Porter Novelli as executive vice president with Porter Novelli Public Services in Washington. Prior to coming to the agency, Cabral was general manager of Financial Dynamics’s Washington office and senior managing director of public affairs for the firm. She has also worked at Dittus Communications, the Capitol Group, the Jefferson Group, HealthNet Federal Services and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. On Capitol Hill, Cabral worked for Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) as well as Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.).

• North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Clark was elected to the North Dakota Public Service Commission in 2000 and reelected in 2006. He served as the association’s telecommunications committee chairman from 2005 to 2008.