Detroit-based Clark Hill has brought aboard former U.S. Congressman Ben Quayle, son of former vice president Dan Quayle.

The younger Quayle will work from the law firm's Washington and Phoenix offices as senior director in the government and public affairs group.

Quayle, who received Tea Party support when elected in 2010, lost a Republican primary election last year for Arizona's sixth congressional district.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2002 and worked as an associate at Snell & Wilmer and at Schulte Roth & Zabel. Before Congress, he founded Tynwald Capital, an investment firm focused on small businesses in the Southwest.

While in Congress, Quayle was a member the judiciary committee and was vice-chairman of the intellectual property subcommittee. He also served on the homeland security committee. He joins Clark Hill on July 1.

"Ben's very well respected in Washington," said Charles Spies, head of Clark Hill's government affairs group. The firm's Washington office has doubled in size in two years and Quayle will help with its "next steps," he said.

Clark Hill, which had about 200 lawyers, merged with Pittsburgh's Thorp Reed & Armstrong in May. In Thorp Reed's legacy offices, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., the firm is named Clark Hill Thorp Reed. In the firm's other offices, including Chicago and Washington, the firm remains Clark Hill. The merged entity has about 300 lawyers in 12 cities.

Contact Leigh Jones at ljones@alm.com.