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By Ben Penn
Randy Johnson, one of Washington’s highest profile lobbyists on labor issues, has opened up a new government affairs shop at the management-side law firm Seyfarth Shaw, a firm spokesman told Bloomberg Law today.
Johnson left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in December, following a 20-year run heading the business lobby’s influential labor, immigration, and employee benefits policy division. He moves to Seyfarth to try to establish a voice for the management-side firm’s clients and build the new lobbying arm from the ground up.
“Many of us at Seyfarth have worked closely with Randy throughout his prestigious career, and his experience on Capitol Hill and longtime insights into labor policy are virtually unmatched in the industry,” said Laura Maechtlen, chair of Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment department, said in a statement. “He is a fierce advocate for employer issues, but one who has always shown a willingness to build bipartisan coalitions to advance legislation.”
Seyfarth Shaw represents employers in labor and employment disputes, but to this point has not had full-fledged lobbying presence for clients. The announcement comes after his manager of operations at the Chamber, Walter Mullon, began Monday as Seyfarth’s senior manager of government affairs and policy. Sources told Bloomberg Law that Johnson has been at Seyfarth for over a week.
Johnson is known for his deep institutional knowledge of workforce issues and top-notch connections throughout Capitol Hill, at labor and employment agencies, and in the White House.
Johnson’s nearly 40-year career in labor policy included stops at in Ronald Reagan administration’s Labor Department and a decade on the Hill as the Republican labor counsel on the House workforce committee. His move to Seyfarth followed an exodus of other recent Chamber of Commerce policy officials.
—With assistance from Chris Opfer
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