Lobbying world

• Stephanie Peters has joined Microsoft as director of federal government affairs for the House. She joins the software company from Patton Boggs, where she was a partner. Peters also served as the Democratic counsel to members of the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 1999.

• Duane Wright has joined the Glover Park Group as a vice president. He joins the firm from America’s Health Insurance Plans, where he was vice president of federal affairs. Wright was a legislative assistant to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and has also worked for former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Rep. Jim Davis (R-Fla.).

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• L. Carter Cornick has joined the Rhoads Group as a senior vice president. Cornick is a former chief of staff to Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). He also was a general deputy assistant secretary at the Housing and Urban Development Department and was a communications director for the Senate Armed Services Committee.

• Merritt Group promoted Jared Adams to practice director of the government practice group and Michelle Schafer to practice director of the security practice group. Adams joined the firm in 2007 and previously held positions with Edwards Lifesciences and Science Applications International Corp. Schafer worked with Current Analysis and 2nd Century Communications before joining the firm five and a half years ago.

• Ned Monroe has been hired by the National Automatic Merchandising Association as its senior vice president of government affairs. Before joining the trade group, he was vice president of political affairs for the National Restaurant Association. Monroe also served as director of political affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors.

• Patrick C. Marshall has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in San Francisco. He will be a partner in the American Indian law and policy practice. He provides legal representation and strategic business guidance to California Indian tribes and to companies doing business in Indian Country.  Marshall will be assisted by Vanessa L. Ray-Hodge, who has relocated from the firm’s Washington office.