October 26, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Locke Liddell & …

October 26, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP has established a law firm in Washington, D.C., which will initially focus on public affairs to assist clients on a federal level from the Nation’s Capital.

The public affairs D.C. practice will be headed by seasoned political strategists with extensive public and private sector backgrounds: attorney Roy Coffee, who previously served as the Austin Director of the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations for four years under then Governor George W. Bush; Dave DiStefano, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Ney; and attorney Phil Rivers, former Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Shelby.

“The combined experienced of Phil, Roy and Dave will bring a strategic approach to our clients facing complex public affairs issues,” said Bryan L. Goolsby, Managing Partner of Locke Liddell & Sapp. “While our initial focus will be on government relations, we anticipate expanding our representation to other practice areas as our clients’ needs may require.”

“We have wanted a Washington office for quite some time and after an extensive search, we now have the right team in place to focus on building a strong government relations practice,” said Robert D. Miller, Chairman of the Firm’s Public Law Section, which for two years has been named the top law firm lobbying practice in Texas. The Texas firm has represented clients over the years through the federal processes with its lobbying team in Texas, but it has never had a permanent Washington presence.

The three partners, Coffee, DiStefano and Rivers, will utilize their relationships and experience with the executive branch and Capitol Hill to expand their business as well as provide an extended service for some of the law firm’s Texas-based clients.

“We hope that our direct approach and distinctive style will demonstrate to our clients that we have the ability to get things done,” said partner Phil Rivers.

Locke Liddell’s D.C. office will provide counsel to a diverse segment of clients converging both public and private entities rather than specializing in one particular sector of business or industry. Clients already represented by the Firm include BellSouth, General Electric, FM Policy Watch, American College of Education, Genworth and Strategic Health Care among others.

“We know that there is a competitive playing field in Washington among government relations firms and we want to be mindful about how we choose to grow,” said partner Roy Coffee. “For now, we are concentrating on advancing our clients’ interests in this legislative session.”

Established in 1891, Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP is one of the leading law firms in Texas and throughout the nation. A full service law firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., Locke Liddell & Sapp has approximately 400 lawyers who represent a broad range of businesses and individual clients having extensive domestic and foreign business interests.

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