U.S. Rep. Andrews Set to Join Phila.-Based Dilworth Paxson

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U.S. Rep Rob Andrews listens to a question Tuesday, in Haddon Heights, N.J., as he announces that he is resigning from Congress after 23 years.

Andrews' wife, Camille, was a partner at the firm for several years. She currently is associate dean of enrollment and projects at Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

Raju said in an interview with The Legal that the firm has been looking to bolster its Washington, D.C., location and add "heft" to its government affairs practice. He said the firm considered the pending ethics investigation involving Andrews, "carefully vetted" it and ultimately decided the totality of Andrews' portfolio, reputation and record of public service made bringing him on board an easy decision.

Dilworth Paxson has a seven-lawyer government affairs practice currently co-chaired by of counsel John O. Bennett III in the firm's Red Bank, N.J., office. The group also includes special counsel Lanny J. Davis, the former special counsel to President Bill Clinton. Davis affiliated with Dilworth Paxson in March 2012.

Dilworth Paxson Chief Operating Officer James Hennessey said Bennett took of counsel status earlier this year and is winding down his practice. Firm Chairman McMichael said Dilworth Paxson had been looking to fill a leadership opening in the practice in Washington since last fall and word spread to Andrews. The deal was quickly discussed and inked this past weekend, he said.

While Davis provides a national component to the firm's government affairs practice as a special counsel to the firm, Hennessey said Andrews adds more depth and will lead the day-to-day efforts of the practice. McMichael said Andrews will be full-time with the firm and will immediately serve a "fairly constant demand" from clients looking for government-affairs help.

While Andrews is barred from lobbying his former colleagues in Congress for one year from when he leaves office, Hennessey said Andrews can lobby the executive branch and that branch's agencies right away. Hennessey said it hasn't been decided yet whether Andrews will register as a lobbyist. McMichael said one of Andrews' missions in leading the practice is to grow it.

While in Congress, Andrews became particularly familiar with issues related to health care, the workplace, education, the budget and national defense.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at gpassarella@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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