Lobbying World

• Eric Grossman became a partner in DLA Piper’s corporate and finance practice for the firm’s Northern Virginia office. Before that, he served as a partner in Cooley LLP’s business department. Grossman represents technology companies and private equity investors and “their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions, private equity and growth equity and general corporate and securities matters.” He also “regularly provides strategic counsel to officers, boards of directors and fund principals in high-level business matters.”

• Ben Kershaw has joined the American Association of Museums (AAM) as the assistant director for congressional relations. The association is the “largest museum advocacy and service organization in the U.S., working on behalf of museums of all sizes and types — from art museums to zoos and everything in between.” He most recently worked as a legislative assistant to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

• Kelley A. Howes and Brian Neil Hoffman have become counsels at Morrison & Foerster’s Denver office. Howes comes from Janus Capital Group Inc., a global investment firm where she was “responsible for the company’s global legal, regulatory, corporate governance, internal audit and insurance matters” as general counsel. Hoffman most recently served as a senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he “investigated and litigated potential insider trading, corporate reporting and controls violations, and other securities fraud claims.” Hoffman is a former Morrison & Foerster employee and will re-join the firm’s securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense group.