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Dentons & McKenna Long to Merge, Giving Clients a Competitive Edge

Dentons & McKenna partners approve merger. Learn more about how clients inside the US will gain unrivaled access to markets around the world and international clients will enjoy increased strength and reach across the US.

Learn more at http://www.dentons-mckenna-combination.com/

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Dentons & McKenna Long to Merge, Giving Clients a Competitive Edge

When it comes to politics, connections count at McKenna Long & Aldridge

August 15, 2010 – Jim Torpy, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, profiled the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm, including a picture of some of its leaders, Stefan Passantino, Eric Tanenblatt and Keith Mason, and discusses how the firm’s political connections, which have been developed over years of experience, help MLA assist its clients in all types of issues they may have in dealing with government.

The article focuess on such current isues as toughened ethics laws, increased scrutiny of politicians and ever-changing lobbying laws and regulations.

Mr. Passantino is noted as one of the firm’s lawyers who is making his name fighting ethics complaints against politicians. He said the bipartisan nature of the firm “gives clients comfort that they are not getting advice filtered by any political ideology. Once they get past the initial shock of the lions and lambs together here, they realize there’s a benefit.”

http://www.ajc.com/business/when-it-comes-to-592015.html

When it comes to politics, connections count at McKenna Long & Aldridge

On The Rise: Amol S. Naik

August 16, 2010 – Pay-to-play blogger Amol Naik is profiled by the Daily Report in its “On The Rise” feature of rising stars. Amol’s career has included:

  • Working as an intern reporter for the Washington bureau of Toronto’s The Globe and Mail;
  • Serving as General Counsel to mayoral candidate Kasim reed and leading the recount efforts in the mayoral race between Reed and Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood;
  • Involvement with political campaigns including state Sen. Jason Carter, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves; and state Rep. Rashad Taylor;
  • Political action committee formation and legislative consulting work;
  • Recognition as a Marshall Fellow through the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a group that promotes cooperation on global issues between North America and Europe; and
  • Pro bono work for immigrants.

Please click here to read the article in its entirety.

On The Rise: Amol S. Naik

Stefan Passantino Interviewed on Fox News

July 27, 2010 – Stefan Passantino is interviewed on Fox News discussing ethics violation accusations against Congressman Charlie Rangel. Mr. Passantino discusses the potential fallout of the charges against Congressman Rangel.

 

 

Stefan Passantino Interviewed on Fox News

Law firms see payoff in blogs

June 22, 2010 – Stefan Passantino and his team’s pay-to-play blog is featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the growing popularity and newfound benefits of law firms entering the blogosphere.

Mr. Passantino said he started the blog last fall because he found it fun. “It allows me to track the interesting parts of the law but not really having to get into the nuts and bolts of a compliance program. I use it as a credential so that people know that I know this area of the law.”

The article notes that of the top 200 U.S. law firms, 96 now publish blogs, according to LexBlog Inc.

The overall strategy for law firm bloggers is to fine a niche in the legal field and a team that enjoys writing about it. However, showing the effectiveness of the blog can be difficult in certain environments, as the results are not as measurable as tracking the standard billable hour.

To read Péralte C. Paul’s full article on law firm blogs please click here.

Law firms see payoff in blogs

Black Caucus defends Rep. Watt amid House ethics controversy

June 16, 2010 – Stefan Passantino is quoted in The Hill discussing the fallout often caused by investigations conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). OCE’s current policies are similar to the criminal justice system, in that prosecutors and judges are required to keep their silence, but defendants and witnesses cannot be stopped from discussing the case with the media.

Mr. Passantino said that OCE “can’t protect members from outside people talking amongst themselves and to the press any more than the Justice Department can. The only thing that OCE can do to minimize the damage that can be done is to be more careful in the manner that they are seeking the information before they cast such a wide net all across town.”

From his experience representing clients on ethics issues, Passantino said it’s the policy of the Justice Department and the Senate and House ethics committees to request that outside groups, witnesses and members keep the investigation confidential. But other ethics experts disputed that assertion. Including a request to keep matters private could open a legal minefield and the leave the OCE vulnerable to charges of infringing on the rights to counsel and free speech.

To read the full article please click here.

Black Caucus defends Rep. Watt amid House ethics controversy

Political ads are a tough sell for image-conscious corporations

June 1, 2010 – Stefan Passantino is quoted in a Washington Post article discussing the impact of the Citizens United decision on corporations. He said that corporate executives “recognize they have this newfound freedom. They want to exercise it, but not in a way that will antagonize members of Congress or customers or employees.”

He says that, instead, these firms are considering giving advertising money to coalitions and conservative political groups “that are going to fight their battles for them and not come back to them.”

“They’ve seen the regulation on their horizon — and how it can really affect their bottom line,” he said. “But if corporations are forced to put their corporate logo on it, most won’t do it.”

Please click here to read the article in its entirety.

Political ads are a tough sell for image-conscious corporations

Hear No Lobbyists, See No Lobbyists

November 30, 2009, Stefan Passantino, Head of the Political Law practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and expert panelist for the National Journal: Under the Influence Blog.

Stefan Passantino contributes a blog entry concerning the White House’s new restrictions of lobbyists serving on government advisory boards. He argues that it is the responsibility of lawmakers, as the country’s legislative decision-makers, to make an informed decision based on information from all sides.

He says, “There is no doubt that most lobbyists are highly skilled, knowledgeable, and effective communicators of their clients’ interests. Those are not reasons for any government to impose artificial restrictions on the ability of lobbyists to communicate with government. These are reasons for government to ensure that it is being thoughtful before acting. It is the job of government, not the private sector, and certainly not lobbyists, to assimilate all of the available information and data surrounding a particular issue before adopting the policy position or regulation best suited for the governed.”

He suggests that “rather than seek to impose some internal controls on the mechanisms of government decision-making to ensure that government ultimately adopts positions best suited to the governed, this administration has elected to impose impediments to its own access to information from a single class of individuals skilled at providing that information. That might make for good politics on the campaign trail, but it makes for lousy public policy.”

To read the entire entry please click here.

Hear No Lobbyists, See No Lobbyists

GOP ‘legal defense’ plan raises disclosure issue

November 27, 2009, John O’Connor, The State

Stefan Passantino is quoted discussing the increase of legal defense funds at the state level, rather than just at the federal level. This concerns some, as the public is unaware of who is donating money to these funds or how much, since there is currently no contribution limit. There is debate about the ethics of this type of fund, however, candidates’ parties will often pick up the bill for things like unfounded accusations.

"Both sides of the aisle were using the ethics process as a weapon with some effectiveness," Passantino said. "That is a trend that has become exponentially more prevalent."

To read the full article click here.

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GOP ‘legal defense’ plan raises disclosure issue

Your Morning Jolt: Lessons on how to pay-to-play nice

October 21, 2009, Jim Galloway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jim Galloway discusses the alliance of Rick Thompson and McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Political Law group after his exit from the Georgia State Ethics Commission. He also mentions the blog and discusses some of the latest pay-to-play issues faced by the City of Atlanta.

“Georgia corporations and candidates have come under ever-increasing scrutiny in recent years,” said Political Law Team Leader Stefan Passantino. “Having the ability to team with the ultimate Ethics Commission insider on issues pertaining to filings and the Committee’s most pressing concerns is an invaluable asset for our clients.”

Read the full article here.

Your Morning Jolt: Lessons on how to pay-to-play nice