Lobbying world

Lobbying world
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Jonathan Harmon has been elected by the McGuireWoods board of partners to serve as the firm’s chairman. J. Tracy Walker IV has been named as its managing partner. Harmon joined the firm in 1995, and has led its business & securities litigation department for the last two years. Walker has been McGuireWoods’s deputy managing partner and head of its litigation practice since 2015.

Two former Podesta Group lobbyists and another from BGR Group have founded their own firm: InSight Public Affairs. The firm, created by Joshua Lamel, Oscar Ramirez and Dana Thompson, “will focus on purpose-driven advocacy on behalf of companies, nonprofits, causes and coalitions,” according to a release. Ramirez and Thompson previously served as principals at the Podesta Group, and Lamel most recently led the technology and tax practices at BGR Group. Ramirez has also worked as a member of the Democratic National Committee and served on former Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryGet ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks Will Democrats realize that Americans are tired of war? The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE’s (D-Mass.) and President Obama’s presidential campaigns. Thompson’s resume includes working as the director of the Washington office of then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and as chief of staff to Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Live coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry MORE (D-Texas.) and chief counsel to Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersLawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on Trump tariffs House panel clears 8 bills, eyes larger package for Senate Fox's Bream moves show from Supreme Court after mood turns 'volatile' MORE (D-Calif.). Lamel previously worked for tech industry trade groups — the Computer and Communications Industry Association and TechAmerica. — and served as counsel to Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDems launch pressure campaign over migrant families Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families Dems say new emails show Cohen ‘selling access’ to White House MORE (D-Ore.) and chief of staff to former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.).

Law and lobby firm Dentons has launched 3D Global Affairs as part of an alliance with strategic communications and political intelligence firm Definers Public Affairs, run by Matt Rhoades, the former campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s presidential run in 2012 and former Republican National Committee research director Joe Pounder. 3D Global Affairs offers clients legal teams, lobbying and advocacy help, digital advertising, data analytics, opposition research and political intelligence, among other services.

Nestlé hired Kent Wilson as policy and public affairs manager. Prior to that, he worked as director of state and local government affairs at Target and in the government affairs shop at General Mills.