WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 22, 2008) — The international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that David Ransom will join the Firm on August 18, 2008 as legislative counsel based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Ransom previously served as Senior Communications and Policy Advisor to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. He will be a member of McDermott's Government Strategies Practice Group.
"David has been a key senior member of my staff for more than nine years, and has always offered strong recommendations based on solid reasoning," commented Mr. Hoyer. "He is a team player and problem solver who has exceptional analytical, writing and communication skills. His insight into the Congressional leadership and the Members who serve here will be of great value to McDermott Will & Emery's clients. While I am certainly sad to be losing a trusted, valued member of my staff, I am very pleased that David will be joining a great law firm."
"We are excited about David's joining us. His many years of experience on Capitol Hill and his broad knowledge of the leadership will contribute to our clients' future success," commented Stephen Ryan, head of McDermott's Government Strategies Practice Group.
"David is a great addition to our Washington, D.C. team," commented Bill Weld, former Massachusetts Governor, co-partner-in-charge of McDermott's Government Strategies Practice Group. "David's policy, strategy and communications experience further strengthen our D.C. platform and overall service offering to our clients."
"This is an exciting opportunity for me," commented Mr. Ransom. "McDermott's international platform is an exciting place for someone with my government background."
In his previous position as Senior Communications and Policy Advisor to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Mr. Ransom advised the Leader on communications, political, policy and Floor strategy, and ensured coordination between the Leader's policy and communications operations. He was also responsible for developing and executing proactive strategies on a wide range of policy issues, including tax, energy and national security, and he produced advocacy materials to be used by Members of the Democratic Caucus. In his almost 10 years on Capitol Hill, Mr. Ransom also served as Communications Director for Congressman Hoyer during the Congressman's tenure as Democratic Whip and as Ranking Democrat on the Committee on House Administration.
Prior to working for Majority Leader Hoyer, Mr. Ransom was Deputy Communications Director for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, where he worked with association's public affairs operation on its lobbying strategy in Congress and in state legislatures. While in law school, he was a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando, Florida, where he wrote appellate briefs.
Mr. Ransom earned his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law, where he was an associate editor of the William Mitchell Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Iowa.
McDermott Will & Emery has three decades of lobbying and political consulting experience at the U.S. federal, state and local, as well as international, levels. Our Government Strategies Practice Group has represented, and continues to represent, many Fortune 100 corporations, and a wide range of small-to-medium-sized companies, nonprofit organizations, municipal, state and foreign governments, foreign-based companies and organizations, foreign nationals, and U.S. and international coalitions and trade associations.
Since its opening in 1978 with two lawyers, our Washington, D.C. office has become a full-service location with more than 240 lawyers practicing in a host of practice areas. Expanding on our initial representation of clients before government agencies, Congressional committees, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and federal and state courts, our Washington, D.C. lawyers now advise clients on the full range of corporate business law, including antitrust, general corporate, employee benefits, energy and derivatives markets, global trade, government regulation, government strategies, health care, intellectual property, tax and trial matters.