Lobbying World


• DLA Piper has hired former Treasury Department official David Brummond as Washington counsel. He most recently served as a senior sanctions adviser within the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces economic and trade sanctions. He also served as a counsel for Treasury’s Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.

• King & Spalding has named Smitha Stansbury a partner in its Washington office. Stansbury comes from Squire Patton Boggs, and has been focused on food-related regulatory issues.

• Breakaway Policy Strategies hired three experts for its health policy practice. Donald Dempsey previously worked at the healthcare advisory firm the Marwood Group and worked for the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. Laura Tollen spent 14 years at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy before joining Breakaway. Michael Miller joined the firm’s Medical Advisory Board after serving several senior roles in both the public and private sector. Most recently, he worked on health policy at the National Governors Association.

• The Livingston Group has added three people to its consulting and advisory team. Steve Bende and Mike Coffield will serve as consultants, while T. Wayne Gray will work for the firm as a strategic adviser. Bende will focus his practice on health, science and technology and comes from the National Vaccine Program Office, where he was a senior policy adviser. Coffield, who has previously served in the lobby shop of United Continental Holdings, will work in the defense, homeland security and infrastructure space. Gray founded his own firm, but before that worked at Holland & Knight. He’ll focus on domestic and international business and construction law.

• Direct Impact, the grassroots arm of Burson-Marsteller, has named Ralph Posner as executive vice president. Posner previously led the public affairs practice at FleishmanHillard. Before that, he was a vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations and worked on Capitol Hill for six years, including as an aide to former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.).