Senators Add Strength to Firm's Vibrant Government Relations Practice
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Senators Robert F. Bennett of Utah and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota are joining Arent Fox LLP as Senior Policy Advisors in the Government Relations Practice, the firm announced today.
The combined political and public policy experience of the two Senators deepens the relationships the firm has with its large client base and will serve as a strong platform for expanding the firm's already thriving government relations practice.
In addition, Dorgan will serve as co-chair of the firm's Government Relations Practice along with former U.S. Representative Phil English of Pennsylvania, who joined the firm in 2009. Bennett will also spend time in the firm's Los Angeles office working with a range of international clients.
"Bob Bennett and I have worked closely on many issues while in the U.S. Senate, and I am excited to work with him in this new role of a Senior Policy Advisor at one of Washington's premier law firms," Dorgan said.
Bennett added, "I am delighted to join forces with my good friend Byron Dorgan as Washington is making critical decisions that will have lasting effects on every business and every industry. I'm confident our bi-partisan approach, coupled with Phil English and the outstanding professionals at Arent Fox, will serve our clients well in this new endeavor."
Arent Fox Chairman Mark M. Katz welcomed the Senators to the firm: "We are extraordinarily pleased to start the year with Senators Bennett and Dorgan at Arent Fox. They bring a remarkable amount of leadership, knowledge and experience in key policy areas including taxes, energy, financial services, and trade. They will add a tremendous amount of proven strategic, policy and business expertise that is important to our clients and our law firm."
Former Representative English echoed Katz's remarks: "Over our long careers in public service, I saw Senators Bennett and Dorgan fight passionately for issues that mattered to their constituents and the nation. The combination of their talents and energies, coupled with their bi-partisan balance, will make a powerful team for our clients."
In addition to joining Arent Fox, Senator Bennett has also formed The Bennett Consulting Group with offices in Washington, Salt Lake City and Shanghai that will offer a variety of strategic and advisory capabilities to businesses.
Senator Dorgan, in addition to his role at Arent Fox, will be chairing a new program at the Aspen Institute, working with the Bipartisan Policy Center on Energy issues, and serving as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.
About Senator Robert Bennett:
First elected to the Senate in 1992, Bennett served three terms in the U.S. Senate. Over those 18 years, Bennett earned the respect of his colleagues and the reputation as a lawmaker who offered creative and commonsense solutions to issues important to both Utah and the nation. As a member of the Republican leadership team, Bennett served as counsel to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, advising him on legislative strategy and policy priorities. A respected business executive prior to entering the U.S. Senate, Bennett served as a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Appropriations Committee. He was also a member of the distinguished Joint Economic Committee, where he was at the center of national economic policy discussions.
Senator Bennett is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he served as the student body president. He and his wife, Joyce are the proud parents of six children and 20 grandchildren.
About Senator Byron Dorgan:
Senator Dorgan served in the U.S. Senate Leadership for the past 14 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. He has had a prolific career in public service at both the state and federal levels. He served as the elected State Tax Commissioner in the State Capitol. He served 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years in the U.S. Senate. Over the course of his career in public office Dorgan consistently promoted and defended the economic needs of rural America, advocated for renewable energy and energy independence, and for sound economic policies. He was a senior Senator on the Appropriations, Energy and Commerce Committees in the Senate and Chairman of key subcommittees on Aviation, Energy and Water and Indian issues. He served on the Ways and Means Committee in the House. He is recognized as an expert in energy, aviation, agriculture, water, economic and Indian issues. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author of two books.
Senator Dorgan has a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver. He is married to Kim Dorgan and has four children: Scott, Shelly (deceased), Brendon, and Haley.
About Arent Fox:
Arent Fox LLP (www.arentfox.com), with offices Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles, is a recognized leader in areas including government relations, intellectual property, real estate, telecommunications, health care, automotive, sports, white collar, international trade, bankruptcy, and complex litigation. With more than 350 lawyers nationwide, Arent Fox has extensive experience in corporate securities, financial restructuring, labor and employment, finance, tax, corporate compliance, and the global business market. The firm represents Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, foreign governments and other entities.
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