Former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams tours the new Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, March 13, 2008.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams tours the new Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, March 13, 2008. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

King & Spalding has beefed up its national public-affairs capabilities through a strategic alliance with former Washington mayor Anthony Williams.

The Atlanta-based firm said this alliance will expand the government-advocacy and public-policy practice’s reach across the country for clients in the public and private sector.

A former two-term mayor of Washington from 1999 to 2007, Williams is currently chief executive officer and executive director of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the District of Columbia.

Williams said Thursday that Federal City Council will continue to be his main focus, but he will also now be available to consult King & Spalding public and private clients on matters such as government relations, financial restructuring, crisis mitigation and other topics. Williams said he would be on retainer at the law firm to provide strategic advice and consultation.

The affiliation follows a string of hires at King & Spalding of former government officials.

“Tony is a rare figure in Washington who is a trusted adviser to those in the business sector, and to those in government, on both sides of the aisle,” Wick Sollers, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Washington office, said in a statement. “We are delighted to add Tony to the roster of knowledgeable D.C. insiders whom our clients can tap for insight and counsel. This year alone the D.C. office has added a former leading SEC enforcement lawyer, former NHTSA chief counsel and former FDA chief counsel.”

M. Alexander “Alec” Koch joined the firm’s Washington office as partner in May from his role as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In April, former chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jacqueline Glassman, joined the tort and environmental practice as a partner. She had most recently been with Hogan Lovells. That same month, Sheldon Bradshaw, a former chief counsel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, joined King & Spalding as a partner from Hunton & Williams.

King & Spalding’s Washington office is now up to 185 professionals, including lawyers and government-affairs specialists. The firm’s government advocacy and public policy practice is concentrated in Washington and focused on lobbying its clients’ causes within the federal government. There are nearly 30 lawyers and professionals listed in the practice, according to the firm’s website.

The practice is chaired by partner Thomas J. Spulak, a former staff director and general counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules, as well as general counsel to the House. It also counts among its members former Maryland Governor and U.S. Rep. Robert Ehrlich, former Rep. Michael Andrews and former ambassador Lloyd Hand, who served as U.S. chief of protocol under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Williams said Hand has been a friend of Williams’ family since his time as mayor. And he said he has known of the reputation King & Spalding has had in the government-relations arena.

Spulak noted in a statement Thursday that Williams helped steer the District through one of its most challenging financial periods when, as its chief financial officer from 1995 to 1998, he helped set the District on a course out of federal government oversight. Among his many initiatives during his time as mayor, Williams played a major role in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington when the ailing Montreal Expos relocated to become the Washington Nationals in 2005.

“His understanding of the issues in the District make him a terrific resource for our clients,” Spulak said in the statement. “He is a great addition to our office which was ranked first in National Law Journal’s Influence 50, an annual survey of the leading lobbying practices in the United States.”

Aside from his government work, Williams has served in the government practice at the Corporate Executive Board, as CEO of Primum Public Realty Trust and as director of the state and municipal finance and management practice at Arent Fox.

King & Spalding has beefed up its national public-affairs capabilities through a strategic alliance with former Washington mayor Anthony Williams.

The Atlanta-based firm said this alliance will expand the government-advocacy and public-policy practice’s reach across the country for clients in the public and private sector.

A former two-term mayor of Washington from 1999 to 2007, Williams is currently chief executive officer and executive director of the Federal City Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the District of Columbia.

Williams said Thursday that Federal City Council will continue to be his main focus, but he will also now be available to consult King & Spalding public and private clients on matters such as government relations, financial restructuring, crisis mitigation and other topics. Williams said he would be on retainer at the law firm to provide strategic advice and consultation.

The affiliation follows a string of hires at King & Spalding of former government officials.

“Tony is a rare figure in Washington who is a trusted adviser to those in the business sector, and to those in government, on both sides of the aisle,” Wick Sollers, managing partner of King & Spalding ‘s Washington office, said in a statement. “We are delighted to add Tony to the roster of knowledgeable D.C. insiders whom our clients can tap for insight and counsel. This year alone the D.C. office has added a former leading SEC enforcement lawyer, former NHTSA chief counsel and former FDA chief counsel.”

M. Alexander “Alec” Koch joined the firm’s Washington office as partner in May from his role as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In April, former chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jacqueline Glassman, joined the tort and environmental practice as a partner. She had most recently been with Hogan Lovells . That same month, Sheldon Bradshaw, a former chief counsel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, joined King & Spalding as a partner from Hunton & Williams .

King & Spalding ‘s Washington office is now up to 185 professionals, including lawyers and government-affairs specialists. The firm’s government advocacy and public policy practice is concentrated in Washington and focused on lobbying its clients’ causes within the federal government. There are nearly 30 lawyers and professionals listed in the practice, according to the firm’s website.

The practice is chaired by partner Thomas J. Spulak, a former staff director and general counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules, as well as general counsel to the House. It also counts among its members former Maryland Governor and U.S. Rep. Robert Ehrlich, former Rep. Michael Andrews and former ambassador Lloyd Hand, who served as U.S. chief of protocol under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Williams said Hand has been a friend of Williams’ family since his time as mayor. And he said he has known of the reputation King & Spalding has had in the government-relations arena.

Spulak noted in a statement Thursday that Williams helped steer the District through one of its most challenging financial periods when, as its chief financial officer from 1995 to 1998, he helped set the District on a course out of federal government oversight. Among his many initiatives during his time as mayor, Williams played a major role in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington when the ailing Montreal Expos relocated to become the Washington Nationals in 2005.

“His understanding of the issues in the District make him a terrific resource for our clients,” Spulak said in the statement. “He is a great addition to our office which was ranked first in National Law Journal’s Influence 50, an annual survey of the leading lobbying practices in the United States.”

Aside from his government work, Williams has served in the government practice at the Corporate Executive Board, as CEO of Primum Public Realty Trust and as director of the state and municipal finance and management practice at Arent Fox .