Benjamin Ginsberg.
Benjamin Ginsberg. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ.)

Jones Day scooped up three prominent Republican election and political law lawyers from Patton Boggs’ Washington office, the firm said Friday.

Benjamin Ginsberg, Donald McGahn and William McGinley will join Jones Day as partners on June 2 in Washington, where they will be part of the firm’s government-regulation practice. The moves to Jones Day come as Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders wrap up their merger, set to take effect June 1.

This week, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld hired a group of health care lawyers and lobbyists from Patton Boggs. Earlier this month, a group of health care lawyers said they were leaving Squire Sanders to join Jones Day.

Ginsberg has been involved at the highest levels of presidential politics for the past four elections. He served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in 2000 and 2004, and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. He was Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign counsel in 2008 and 2012.

President Barack Obama selected Ginsberg and Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie—who served as the president’s campaign counsel in 2008 and 2012—to lead the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The group addressed a range of electoral issues, including voting accessibility and voting-machine technology.

“Jones Day’s work on behalf of clients challenging the government and protecting the right to participate in the political process is well known, and joining a firm with experience in these areas is an ideal fit for us,” Ginsberg said in a written statement. “We look forward to continuing to expand our practice as part of this terrific institution.”

McGahn, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, has since advised elected officials, candidates, national state parties and others on election law. McGinley represents members of Congress, candidates, corporations, and others in investigations before congressional ethics committees and the FEC.

“We’re very excited to have this group, which has established its formidable credentials both in public service, including Don’s term as chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and as private advocates,” said Greg Shumaker, the managing partner of Jones Day’s Washington office. “Their accomplishments in and out of government are consistent with the work of many in this office in contesting government regulation—in this case, the regulation of the political process.”

Noel Francisco, chairman of Jones Day’s government-regulation practice, said the new hires will bolster the firm’s reputation as a challenger of “government overreach and regulation.” Jones Day is a leading firm in pending cases against the Affordable Care Act and the president’s recess-appointments power.

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