McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP has announced that Cynthia D. Gillespie, former senior aide to Governor Mitt Romney, has joined the firm as a Managing Director in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Gillespie served as Counselor to the Governor as well as Chief of Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations where she directed federal affairs, public policy, cabinet affairs, legislative affairs and state and national initiatives. Her expertise in the areas of homeland security and health care will complement and further deepen the already well-established practice.
Ms. Gillespie will represent clients on federal, national and state public policy issues. She joins recent additions to the firm's Government Affairs practice that includes Mac Campbell, former senior tax counselor to Senator Blanche Lincoln; Ted Van Der Meid, former Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the House Ethics Committee and former Counsel and Minority Staff Director for the Committee on Armed Services, Jim Schweiter. MLA's Government Affairs team also includes former U.S. Senator Zell Miller; former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin; Keith Mason and Marcia Hale, who both served in the Clinton White House; Eric Tanenblatt, who served as Chief of Staff to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and senior advisor to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell; former Ways and Means Committee Chief Counsel Joe Dowley; former Congressman Buddy Darden and former Chief of Staff to Zell Miller, Alex Albert.