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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 KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska 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 LeeThe Hill’s Morning Report: Michael Cohen’s big day in court House Judiciary chair to subpoena for FBI documents Judiciary Dems warn Trump: Don't fire Mueller, Sessions during House recess MORE (D-Texas.) and chief counsel to Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Finance: Wells Fargo hit with B fine | Top lawmakers want execs punished | Banks cash in on tax law | GOP chair blasts FDIC over data security Hensarling, Waters say Wells Fargo execs should be punished after record fine Maxine Waters asks Haley: Why suffer ‘endless humiliation’ with Trump? 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 WydenCIA declassifies memo on nominee's handling of interrogation tapes Dem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana 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.