Government Affairs Experts from Both Sides of Aisle Form McCarter & English Affiliate

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 14:12

Thomas S. Ross, a successful entrepreneur and former member of the Republican National Committee who specializes in government affairs and project finance, and Brian M.P. McGlinchey, an economic development specialist and former projects director for then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden, have joined forces to form the new government relations affiliate of the law firm McCarter & English. The public affairs firm will be known as McCarter Government Solutions, LLC.

Ross and McGlinchey, both non-lawyers who will practice primarily from the firm’s office in Wilmington, will assist the law firm’s clients and other businesses in their dealings with elected officials, regulators and opinion leaders on legislation, administrative rule-making and implementation of those rules. Ross and McGlinchey will also advise businesses on issue advocacy, including advertising, public relations and grassroots campaigns. They also offer crisis management capabilities. 

“To be effective, a government relations team has to be able to work on the federal, state and local levels, with legislators and executives from both parties, and with regulators at all levels,” said Michael P. Kelly, the Wilmington-based chair of the 400-attorney McCarter & English. “That’s what we now have with McCarter Government Solutions and the two pragmatists who comprise it. Their insights and understanding will greatly benefit our clients.”

Ross, who twice was unanimously elected Republican State chairman in Delaware, was managing director at Lexden Capital, where he focused on project finance and utilized his network to coordinate debt and equity financing for major developments. A serial entrepreneur, Ross launched several successful small businesses whose operations focused on finance and commercial real estate, and also has broad-based experience in banking and mergers and acquisitions. He was appointed to the RNC’s ethics committee by Michael Steele, then RNC chairman, and later was instrumental in the successful campaign of current chairman Reince Preibus.

McGlinchey, who has been a registered lobbyist since 2002, has nearly a quarter century of experience in federal, state and local affairs, with nearly 12 years spent forging economic policies that promote growth in the construction industry throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and the eastern region of the United States. He is director of the Delaware-based Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, a progressive labor-management fund that promotes growth in the construction industry.

McGlinchey is president of Delawareans for Economic and Environmental Development (DEED), a coalition of labor, civic, environmental and business leaders that promotes balanced policies that expand tax bases, create private sector jobs and protect the environment. He has managed more than 25 campaigns for political candidates, including national experience in the Iowa Caucus. His earliest political experience came as legislative assistant to the Senate Majority Caucus in Delaware’s state capital.


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