Lobbying World

• Kirkland & Ellis has hired two senior officials away from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Robert Khuzami, the former head of the agency’s enforcement division, has become a partner in the law firm’s global government, regulatory and internal investigations practice. Kenneth Lench, who leaves the SEC after more than two decades, will also serve as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Lench spearheaded major investigations into the housing crash.

• Mandy Hagan has been named the vice president of state affairs and grassroots for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She comes from Walgreen Co., where she was director of government relations for health and wellness. Hagan also spent four years at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

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• Bracewell & Giuliani hired Bob Pease to be a senior counsel in its energy regulatory practice. He leaves the public sector after nearly 35 years, most recently serving as the counsel to the director in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s division of enforcement. Before that, Pease worked for more than two decades at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

• Valerie S. Nelson, a former director of member services for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), has been named a senior managing director at Dentons’ public policy and regulation practice in Washington. On Capitol Hill, she helped advise Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other members of the GOP leadership team on committee rosters for the 112th and 113th Congresses. 

• Baker Donelson has added three new advisers to its federal public policy group in Washington: Steven M. Hyjek, Sara Love Rawlings and Brian Schaffner. Hyjek comes from a federal marketing and lobbying firm, where he helped state and local governments and technology and defense companies win federal grants and contract awards. Prior to that, he served as a congressional liaison representative for the secretary of the Army. Rawlings will work in the firm’s federal health policy group. She has experience on several committees, including the Senate Appropriations Committee. Schaffner will advise clients on national security policy and previously worked as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.).