Linklaters, the U.K.-based global law firm, has opened a Washington office — the second time the firm has tried to establish a D.C. presence.
The firm, which has 2,200 attorneys worldwide including 230 in the United States, had a Washington office from 1992 to 2002 but closed it as the firm reconfigured its U.S. strategy to focus on building out the New York office, said Linklaters’s U.S. co-managing partner Jeff Norton. Linklaters’s U.S. presence is primarily in New York, and the new D.C. office will be an extension of that, Norton said.
“We view D.C. as if it’s another floor of our New York office,” he said. “The portion of the practices we have in place that are government-facing are going to be centered in D.C.”
The firm will initially have six attorneys in Washington who will focus on tax, trade and antitrust work.
Linklaters is the latest among the five leading British law firms, known in the legal industry as “Magic Circle” firms, to open shop in the nation’s capital. Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been in the District for over a decade, and Allen & Overy opened its D.C. office in 2011. Slaughter and May is the only Magic Circle firm without a Washington outpost.
Republican lobbyist Drew Maloney, former chief executive of lobby shop Ogilvy Government Relations and an adviser for the Romney campaign, has been named vice president of government affairs and public policy for the global oil and gas company Hess Corp.
In the newly created position, Maloney is leading the company’s in-house federal, state and international lobbying operations. Maloney left Ogilvy in the summer as part of an executive shake-up that also saw the departure of then-Chairman Wayne Berman to Ogilvy’s biggest client, private equity firm Blackstone Group, and two other top lobbyists.
“I had run a lobbying company and was interested in a new challenge working inside a corporation,” Maloney said. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the energy industry. It has the underpinnings of economic growth and prosperity around the world. We will be working to promote effective government and public policy issues for the company to meet the world’s rising demand for energy supply.”
Maloney, 43, was a senior adviser to the Republican National Committee and head of legislative affairs for the Romney Readiness Project, the team that would have led the transition to the White House. He said he is no longer involved with the RNC and will be focused solely on his duties at Hess.
Hess is a longtime client of Ogilvy’s, and Maloney has been as an outside consultant for the company for several years. Ogilvy has lobbied for the company on issues including tax provisions, drilling costs and energy legislation affecting oil and gas production.
“We have worked with Drew over the years in his role at Ogilvy and are pleased to have an executive with such extensive experience lead our government relations and public policy group,” John B. Hess, chairman and chief executive of Hess Corp., said in a statement.