Robert Jones, with Greenberg Traurig Robert C. Jones, with Greenberg Traurig. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Greenberg Traurig said Monday that Alston & Bird’s Robert C. Jones has joined the firm as co-chairman of its federal government law and policy practice. Jones was previously the leader of Alston’s legislative and public policy group.

“I am excited to join a team whose members I have personally known for many years and whose reputation is outstanding,” Jones said in a statement. “I look forward to introducing the Greenberg Traurig bipartisan, bicameral team to clients and potential clients—both here in Washington, D.C., and throughout the footprint of the firm’s offices domestically and in the commercial hubs across the globe.”

Jones will co-chair the federal government law and policy practice with Robert Mangas, who is also co-managing shareholder of Greenberg’s D.C. office. Jones’ practice is focused on counseling associations, businesses, and not-for-profits on legislative, policy, and regulatory matters.

Before working at Alston & Bird, he was appropriations counsel to former U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, and counsel to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Bob is well known for his ability to create strategies that address the legal needs of clients facing government interaction,” said Thomas Bond and Harold Iselin, co-chairmen of the firm’s government law and policy practice, in a joint statement. “This works hand-in-hand with our robust team’s approach when clients need help in our nation’s capital—today more than ever.”

Last week, Greenberg Traurig added more horsepower to its Washington office with the addition of shareholders Dominic Draye, former state solicitor general of Arizona, and Rabeha Kamaluddin, previously of Dorsey & Whitney.

Greenberg Traurig’s Northern Virginia office in suburban D.C. also brought back John Scalia as shareholder last week. Scalia, a son of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, spent 12 years at Greenberg Traurig before shuttling between other Big Law firms in the D.C. area, including most recently Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.