Comings and goings
Intellectual property lawyers James Gatto and Benjamin Esplin have joined the law firm Sheppard Mullin. Both represent technology and gaming companies on patent issues, and Esplin was previously a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Thomas Lorenzen has left Dorsey & Whitney for the law firm Crowell & Moring, where he will be partner in the firm’s environmental and natural resources group. Prior to 2013, Lorenzen worked for a decade as an assistant chief in the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Divisions, where he oversaw the government’s legal defense of all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations.
Following the money
Rep. Kurt Schrader’s (D-Ore.) Three Rivers PAC is hosting a reception at the Pacific Cantina in Washington today (Contribution information: Hosts $5,000/Sponsor $2,500/Guest $1,000).
Chamber rips new financial advisers rule: Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S Chamber of Commerce, criticized President Obama’s proposed rule on financial advisers Monday, The Hill reports. The so-called “fiduciary duty” rule which would require financial advisers who handle retirement accounts to put clients’ interests ahead of their own, with the aim of preventing Americans from losing money in hidden fees and other payments to brokers. In a blog post, Donohue writes that the rule “would create higher costs that would be passed on to small businesses, potentially limiting their ability to offer retirement plans.”
The Hill profiles lobbyist Sage Eastman, longtime right-hand man to former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.). Eastman now works at lobby firm Mehlman Castagnetti. The Capitol, he said, “is filled with people trying to make a machine work that’s designed not to.”
New lobbying contracts
San Francisco food technology company Hampton Creek has hired Heather Podesta & Partners to lobby members of Congress on innovative approaches to provide healthier, sustainable and affordable food products. Lobbyists Heather Podesta, Ben Klein and Mary Elizabeth Stanton are listed on the registration.
Restaurant operator Darden has hired Dogwood Strategies to lobby on tax reform, menu labeling and food safety issues. Lobbyist Kristen Gullott is listed on the registration.
The Latin America Health Care Alliance has hired Akin Gump to lobby on intellectual property provisions in Colombia’s National Development Program. Lobbyists Roger Murry and Brian Arthur Pomper as listed on the registration.
PhRMA has hired McKenna Long & Aldridge to lobby on issues regarding patent reform legislation and pharmaceuticals. Lobbyist Alex McGee is listed on the registration.
Investment management firm Capital Group Companies, Inc. has hired Peck Madigan Jones to lobby on the Labor Department’s proposed rule to redefine fiduciary under ERISA. Lobbyists Drew Cantor, Megan Farrell, John Michael Gonzalez, Sheila Murphy and Jeffrey Peck are listed on the registration.
The Port of Oakland has hired Rosemont Group to lobby on FAA reauthorization, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget, and Customs and Border Protection budget and staffing issues. Lobbyist Kyle Mulhall is listed on the registration.
The White Mountain Apache Tribe has hired Brownstein Hyatt to lobby on federal appropriations for the White Mountain Apache Tribe rural water system. Lobbyist Ryan Smith is listed on the registration.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled the names of lobbyists Roger Murry and Brian Arthur Pomper.