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Former head of Bankers Association to Holland & Knight

Former head of Bankers Association to Holland & Knight
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Frank Keating, the former leader of the American Bankers Association, has joined law and lobby firm Holland & Knight as a partner, the firm announced Thursday. 

Keating stepped down from the helm of the financial services trade group last year after serving as its CEO since 2011. Prior to that, he led the American Council of Life Insurers.

“Holland & Knight is one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, with a well-deserved reputation for helping clients successfully navigate a dynamic environment,” Keating said in a statement. 

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Steven Sonberg, the managing partner of Holland & Knight, said the firm is “truly fortunate” to have been chosen by Keating as the next step in his career.

“His experience and knowledge in the industry are unmatched. We have more than 250 professionals involved in our financial services practice, one of the largest of its kind in the United States, and Gov. Keating will be a tremendous strategic asset for our lawyers and our clients,” Sonberg said.

Keating, who served as the governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003, will be working in the firm’s Washington and Tyson’s Corner, Va., offices.

Asked whether he was planning on lobbying for the firm, Keating says it's "too early" to speculate about federal advocacy.

“At this juncture, it is too early to say," he told The Hill through a spokeswoman. "If I am obliged to, I certainly shall.”

Among its lobbying clients in the financial services sector are the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Amscot Financial and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Holland & Knight also represents Comcast, the American Chemistry Council, the Compressed Gas Association and a host of municipal governments.

The firm earned nearly $20 million from lobbying firms alone last year, according to disclosures provided to the Senate, and is listed among the top 10 K Street firms by revenue. In addition to legal services, the firm also has public relations and coalition-building capabilities.

Keating worked as general counsel and acting deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development with Secretary Jack Kemp during the George H.W. Bush administration. 

Under President Ronald Reagan, he served as a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. In his second term, Reagan appointed Keating to serve as an assistant secretary to the Treasury Department and later as the associate attorney general at the Justice Department.