Lobbying World

• High Lantern Group has hired Austin Tuell, Jeremy Button, Contessa Kellogg and Jonathan Beker. Tuell will be an associate director of the firm, leaving the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Button, who joins as a director, comes from the Heinz Family Foundation. Kellogg has served as a communications director, floor assistant and Democratic chief deputy whip and will be a director. Beker will be an associate director for the firm. He is a former Senate trade and foreign policy staffer and has held senior communications roles in the Israeli Ministries of Justice and Transportation.

• Lawrence Norton has moved to Venable to be a partner and co-chairman of the political law practice group. Norton leaves Womble Carlyle’s Washington office. He previously served the Federal Election Commission as general counsel from 2001 to 2007. He also has served at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement as associate director and at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection as assistant director. 

• Pat Bousliman is joining Elmendorf-Ryan. Bousliman recently worked for Holland and Knight, where he was a senior policy adviser in the firm’s government section. He also has experience serving on the Senate Finance Committee. Bousliman was a staff member on the committee for more than 10 years, including a stint as lead staffer for energy, transportation and excise taxes under Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).

• Robert Weiner is returning to Arnold and Porter to be a partner. Weiner leaves the Justice Department, where he was associate deputy attorney general. He served as the firm’s litigation and business litigation practice leader before he moved to the Justice Department. Weiner also previously worked for the White House Counsel’s Office as senior counsel under former President Clinton.

• Ronald Eckstein has come to Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications to be an associate vice president. Eckstein leaves the office of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) where he was a press secretary. Before that, he worked for then-Senate Majority Whip Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as a speechwriter and for Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) as communications director. He has also worked for Benenson Strategy Group and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.