Lobbying World

• The nonprofit Human Rights First named Zach Silverstein as its chief operating officer. The organization is expanding its staff to further its mission of strengthening “American global leadership on human rights.” Prior to joining Human Rights First, Silverstein was the president of education technology company Amplify Insight. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative director for former Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. 

• LPL Financial is expanding its lobby shop, adding to its government relations team and opening a new Washington office. Nicole S. Petrosino, a former vice president at MasterCard’s government relations shop, will manage the opening of the new office and serve as the vice president and head of federal government relations. John R. Cronin has been named vice president and head of state government relations, working out of the company’s Boston office. He previously served as securities director within the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation. 

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• Chris Huffaker, a former legislative director for Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Rubio asks White House to delay B Pentagon contract over Amazon concerns   New CBO report fuels fight over minimum wage MORE (R-Ark.), joined Alston & Birdas an associate. He had worked in the congressman’s office since 2011. 

 • Kelley Drye & Warren made two additions to its government contracts practice, both from Barnes & Thornburg. David T. Hickey was named partner, while Joseph Corrigan joined as senior advisor. The duo will focus on “federal procurement, Department of Defense, veteran’s affairs, homeland security, national defense, and aerospace legal and legislative issues.” Hickey has served as in-house counsel for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and within the Senate Committee on governmental affairs and special investigations. Earlier in his career, Corrigan was a senior director at Greenberg Traurig and an Army liaison to Capitol Hill. 

• The Justice Department lost one of its top tax crime watchdogs, as Kathryn Keneally plans to join the global tax practice at DLA Piper. Keneally had been the assistant attorney general for the tax division at Justice for two years and now heads to New York to lead DLA Piper’s criminal tax litigation group, beginning in October. Before working at the Justice Department, she represented businesses and individuals before the IRS and other government agencies.