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• Eric Layer, former communications director to Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), has been named the vice president of communications and member relations at the Association of Commerce and Industry. He announced the move in an email last week.
• USTelecom continued the expansion of its lobby shop, hiring Meagan Foster as a vice president of government affairs. She is now a director of government affairs at NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, and starts the new gig April 7. Prior to joining the trade group, she was an aide to Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).
{mosads}• Six former Patton Boggs partners are opening up a Dallas office for McGuireWoods, a Richmond, Va.-based international law firm: Jon Finger, Akash Sethi, J. Kevin Boardman, David McLean, Darren Collins and Robert Hilton. McLean, Boardman, Sethi and Finger have joined McGuireWoods’s private equity teams, while Collins and Hilton specialize their practices on intellectual property. It is McGuireWoods’s third office in Texas, adding to the work by its Houston and Austin offices. Last year, Holland & Knight opened a Dallas office with 23 Patton Boggs attorneys, including 12 partners.
• Obama administration official Danielle Gray will return to O’Melveny & Myers in April as a partner in its financial services practice. She serves as President Obama’s chief liaison to his Cabinet and has held has held several senior roles in the administration, including as associate counsel to the president, assistant attorney general within a Justice Department office charged with defending ObamaCare against constitutional complaints and as deputy director of the National Economic Council. She will split her time between the firm’s Washington and New York offices.
• The International Franchise Association named Robert Cresanti as an executive vice president of government relations and public policy. He will start on April 14. He comes to the group from SAP America Inc., where he served in a similar role since 2009. Cresanti has held many public and private sector roles. Before joining SAP, he worked as the chief executive of the IPXI, the Intellectual Property Exchange. He has held positions with the Department of Commerce, Congress and the White House, and worked at tech trade groups, including the Business Software Alliance and ITAA (which is now called TechAmerica).

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