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Some of the things that Erik Huey did last week: attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah; attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles; join the D.C. office of Kilpatrick Stockton. The media lobbyist and lawyer left Venable, along with colleague Rob Harmala. The two, who had been of counsel at Venable, were hired as partners. Huey says Kilpatrick Stockton offered him “a good platform,” given that the firm has intellectual property and piracy law practices. He also points out that its entertainment clients include the hip-hop group Outkast and the rock band REM. He’ll also continue working with Harmala, with whom he represented the Screen Actors Guild. Harmala, meanwhile, has a broad practice and clients such as SAG, Hilton Hotels, defense contractor Triple Canopy, Bear Stearns, and the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Kilpatrick Stockton describes Harmala as focusing on intellectual property, telecommunications, tax, and Native American issues. Harmala is a former staffer in the office of Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and counsel to the International Operations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Huey says he and Harmala independently began thinking it was time to move on. “But we started chatting and realized we were on the same page. Rob was already talking to the Kilpatrick folks, and then I joined the discussion.” Huey, meanwhile, expects he’ll have his hands full with the same issues he used to cover for SAG and other players in the entertainment industry. This year’s menu includes perennial First Amendment issues and reaching out to the Hill for as long as the writers’ strike continues, as well as tax law issues such as the deductibility of domestic partner benefits.
Jeff Horwitz can be contacted at [email protected].

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