As climate change lawsuits grow more prevalent, Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers, has hired Phil Goldberg, managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, as special counsel to handle the issue.

The association said Goldberg will serve as a senior outside legal adviser and spokesman for the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, a 2017 initiative that opposes climate change lawsuits by states, municipalities and others against businesses such as utilities and gas and oil companies.

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