PodestaMattoon by Any Other Name . . .

By Judy Sarasohn
Thursday, November 2, 2006

Restructuring, okay. Spinning off, okay. Just don't say that they're splitting up. But it's no longer going to be PodestaMattoon .

Democrat Anthony T. Podesta and Republican Daniel J. Mattoon , heads of one of the major bipartisan lobby shops in town, are basically going on their own as of Jan. 1.

Mattoon, whom Podesta brought on in 2001, says he's "spinning off" his practice, which will be called Mattoon & Associates . But he'll remain in his offices at the firm and maintain a "strategic alliance" with the former PodestaMattoon, sharing some clients.

Roll Call, which reported Tuesday that the firm is splitting up, indicated some buzz about personality issues. But Mattoon and Podesta insist that they've worked well together and that there's been no conflict.

"I decided earlier this year that I wanted to put my own shingle out before the end of my career. I've never set up a small business," said Mattoon, 55, a confidant of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). "It's a restructuring, not an implosion."

Podesta said: "This is part of the nature of this business. Move on, move out. We're friends. We're colleagues. I have enormous respect and affection for Dan."

The working name for Podesta's new shop is 1001 Strategies , designed to reflect its innovative thinking, as well as its address -- 1001 G St. NW.

The two are working out the details with their lawyers, and then they will decide how to split the staff and client rosters.

Podesta said he expects Mattoon to take the clients that he is the lead for, such as BellSouth Corp., Alcatel USA and United Airlines. Among those probably remaining with Podesta include Amgen Inc., Genentech Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and The Washington Post Co.

The firm says the first six months of the year brought in $5.92 million for lobbying , compared with $5.34 million for the first six months of last year.

Texas Democrat Joins Fleishman

After 10 months at Greenberg Traurig , former House member Max Sandlin (D-Tex.) is joining Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations as co-chairman in the D.C. office.

While calling Greenberg a great law firm, Sandlin said he moved to Fleishman because it "is absolutely committed to aggressive growth." He'll be lobbying and providing "strategic advice" to clients. Sandlin was one of the Democrats who lost reelection in 2004 after the redistricting of Texas.

CONTINUED     1        >

© 2006 The Washington Post Company