Greenberg Traurig Strengthens Government Practice with Former Members of McKenna Long & Aldridge Public Policy Group

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Government Law & Policy practice in Atlanta with the addition of Chuck McMullen, Tharon Johnson and Blake Ashbee. The bipartisan group of professionals, who were previously with McKenna Long & Aldridge, will focus their practice on state and local government affairs.

McMullen joins Greenberg Traurig as Senior Director. He brings extensive experience in both the private and public sector. He served as senior managing director at McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP and Chief of Staff to Georgias first Republican Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Representative Dr. Tom Price. McMullen represents clients and their interests at both the state and local level in Georgia, with a focus on the areas of Energy, Health Care and Information Technology.

Johnson joins the firm as Director. Having served in senior positions throughout all levels of government, Johnson focuses his practice on government affairs at the state and local levels. Johnson was the National Southern Regional Director for the 2012 Obama For America campaign, leading the presidential re-election campaign for 11 southern states, including the key battleground states of Florida and North Carolina. Previously, he was Senior Adviser to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, after serving as Senior Strategist and Campaign Manager for Reed’s 2009 Atlanta Mayoral race. He is also the former District Director and Campaign Manager for Congressman John Lewis. Johnson advises private and public sector clients on their public policy strategies.

Ashbee will be Of Counsel. He was previously appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Executive Director of the Governors Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) where he oversaw workforce investment activities and spearheaded Georgias skilled trade initiative-Go Build Georgia. Prior to that, he served Governor Deals administration as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Counsel. He has worked as a leader for legislative, grassroots public affairs, and marketing campaigns in the public and private sector, and served in senior advisory roles to members of U.S. Congress and at the U.S. Department of Energy.

We are thrilled to welcome such accomplished professionals to lead our Atlanta Government Law & Policy practice and strengthen Greenberg Traurigs already well-respected national government practice, said Ernest Greer, co-managing shareholder of the Atlanta office and a firm vice president. The firm continues to attract top-level teams and individuals as part of our commitment to bolstering the key practice areas that are important to our clients. We are proud to welcome Chuck, Tharon and Blake as we demonstrate our commitment to delivering excellent service to our clients both nationally and in Atlanta.

We are excited to join Greenberg Traurig and the opportunities this brings, McMullen said. This firm is well-known in the community for its commitment to excellence and we are honored to join such a respected group. We look forward to growing the Government Law & Policy practice in Atlanta.

Greenberg Traurig is highly regarded for its professionalism, experience, and successful track record as leaders here in Atlanta and throughout the nation, Johnson said. We are looking forward to joining this remarkable team and leading the Atlanta Governmental Law and Policy practice.

Greenberg Traurigs Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of the firms Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the United States. The firms national team of government law and policy professionals spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the U.S., including Albany, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, New York City, Sacramento, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. The bipartisan practice includes former elected officials, as well as former top aides and policy officials from the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch and various state governments. These attorneys and professionals work together to provide clients with seamless representation in virtually any forum before the U.S. Congress and Executive agencies, as well as state and local government entities.

These Atlanta hires mark a continuation of a strategic expansion of Greenberg Traurigs Government Law & Policy Practice.

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