Greenberg Traurig Expands Government Law & Policy Practice in California with Addition of Alice Kessler and Patrick Shannon

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Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Sacramento Government Law & Policy (GLP) Practice in California with the strategic additions of Alice L. Kessler and Patrick K. Shannon as shareholders and co-leaders of the Sacramento GLP Practice.

“We are excited to welcome these two experienced attorneys to our robust Government Law and Policy Practice, adding to our strength in key state capitals across the United States,” noted Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Practice Co-Chairs Thomas J. Bond and Harold N. Iselin.

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expanded its Sacramento Government Law & Policy (GLP) Practice in California with the strategic additions of Alice L. Kessler and Patrick K. Shannon as shareholders and co-leaders of the Sacramento GLP Practice. Kessler was most recently a partner at Lighthouse Public Affairs, where she conducted legislative and regulatory advocacy before the California State Legislature. Shannon returns to Greenberg Traurig after founding Government Relations Counsel, which provided legal and policy consulting services.

“We are excited to welcome these two experienced attorneys to our robust Government Law and Policy Practice, adding to our strength in key state capitals across the United States,” noted Greenberg Traurig Government Law & Policy Practice Co-Chairs Thomas J. Bond and Harold N. Iselin. “In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, skillful attorneys like Alice and Patrick are well positioned to help companies around the United States navigate California’s complex and constantly evolving legislative and regulatory landscape.”

“Alice’s and Patrick’s depth of experience in government affairs and advocacy work, as well as their longstanding relationships with California policymakers, will serve as a key resource to firm clients throughout the state and across the globe. We are proud to welcome them to Greenberg Traurig and to continue to expand our capabilities in California,” noted Greenberg Traurig’s Northern California Chair Chuck Birenbaum and Sacramento Managing Shareholder Kurt A. Kappes in a joint statement. Shannon and Kessler join shareholders Jeffrey Leacox, Jeremy A. Meier, Tim Swickard, Bill Gausewitz, and others in the Sacramento GLP practice.

Kessler is an accomplished legislative strategist and leader with a track record of rapid advancement through her strategic analysis and communication talents, collaborative skills, and trusted integrity. She has deep relationships with California policymakers, thought leaders, and community-based organizations. Kessler leverages her skills to build consensus, gain buy-in, and motivate team members and partners. She works to advance the interests of technology firms, automakers, trade associations, and local government entities.

Shannon focuses his practice on government relations and administrative law before the California legislature and state regulatory and enforcement agencies. He has deep experience on matters relating to financial services, health care, transportation, insurance, environmental regulation, tax, and government contracts. Shannon represents many of the world’s largest financial institutions, asset managers, mutual fund companies, insurers, and other financial services companies.

“We are very familiar with Greenberg Traurig’s talented team of government law and policy professionals and are excited to play a role in the continued growth of the practice,” Kessler and Shannon said in a joint statement. “The deep bench of the practice—combined with the firm’s international platform and cross-practice collaboration—will serve our clients well.”

Greenberg Traurig’s Sacramento office has expanded recently with the addition of Shareholder Timothy Long; Of Counsel David A. Cheit, Deepi K. Miller, Todd A. Pickles; and associates Samuel S. Hyde, Lupe R. Laguna and Yoon-Woo Nam.    

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of its Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the country. The firm’s national team of governmental affairs professionals and attorneys spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the United States, including: Albany, Austin, Denver, Las Vegas, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy team was “Top Listed” for Government Relations in Best Lawyers in America’s 2018 edition. The team was also named “Law Firm of the Year” for Government Relations by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of "Best Law Firms." The practice also received the most first-tier Government Relations rankings in the U.S.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Sacramento Office: Greenberg Traurig's Sacramento office represents businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-cap companies and trade associations. Its government law and policy attorneys and professionals develop strategies to quickly address administrative, legislative, or regulatory issues; advocate on behalf of clients with government officials and agencies; and draft legislation. Its nationally recognized litigation team handles business disputes, class action, environmental, labor and employment, government and government procurement, ERISA, Proposition 65, trade secrets and employee mobility, attorney general matters, government writs, appellate, and products liability litigation. The office’s corporate group advises public and privately held companies on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, governance, recapitalizations and reorganizations, venture and private equity capital, offerings of securities, SEC investigations, 1934 Act compliance, and general corporate matters.

About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), has approximately 2200 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com

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