Senior Cantor adviser joins Dentons

“It's fun to be a place where you get a lot of information,” she said of her time working with House leadership. “Now, I have find out the stuff that used to come readily by walking into a room.”

Michael Zolandz, the public policy and regulation practice leader, said Nelson has “already jumped in as a key part of our client teams.”

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“Val’s extensive network of relationships and impressive tenure on the Hill are major assets for our team and our clients,” Zolandz said in a statement.

Nelson said she spoke to a lot of firms during the search for a new gig. Her choice to join Dentons — where she interviewed early on in the process — was based on a “gut feeling.”

“I could never get over that I felt very welcomed and very at ease with this group and this environment,” she said in a telephone interview. “Your gut feeling is always right.”

Most recently, Nelson served as Cantor’s director of member services, connecting with congressional Republicans, advising Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other members of the leadership team as well as members of the Steering Committee in populating committee rosters for the 112th and 113th Congress.

Given her breath of experience, she says she won’t be focusing on any singular issues in 2013, but rather try to help clients find the best path to success in Congress.

Dentons earned $8.5 million last year in lobbying revenue. It has clients such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Union National Association, the National Association of Homebuilders, Allstate Insurance Corp. and AmerisourceBergen, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers.

This story was updated on July 24. It previously stated that ethics requirements said Nelson could not lobby her colleagues for one year. Under the law, she is not subject to the "cooling off" period.