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Holland & Knight Welcomes MARC Associates - Experts in Health Care and Intergovernmental Policy - to the Firm's Public Policy & Regulation Practice

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland & Knight LLP today announced that, effective January 1, 2009, it will welcome MARC Associates to the firm's public policy and regulation practice. MARC Associates are experts in health care and local government policymaking and have a distinguished client base. Other areas of expertise include energy and environment, housing, commerce, education, and transportation.

"We have been looking to strategically bolster our federal regulatory and legislative practice in anticipation of the immediate changes expected with the new Administration and Congress," said Rich Gold, head of Holland & Knight's public policy & regulation practice. "The reputation and diverse talent that we are adding to the firm is precisely what we need to create strong growth prospects and provide one-stop shopping in these areas looking ahead to 2009."

"The proactive agenda being set by the new Administration and Congress will bring immediate challenges and opportunities for clients. Advocacy will require showing tangible economic results in order to succeed," said Dan Maldonado, who, with Randy Fenninger, founded MARC in 1985.

"High on the federal agenda will be tackling unresolved health care issues," added Fenninger. "More than ever, clients will need experts and advocates who grasp the policy and details of each issue and who can respond with speed and accuracy."

Leader of the Intergovernmental affairs practice, Eve Maldonado O'Toole said, "State and local governments are where policy is put into practice, where innovation is realized. MARC has for many years believed in and advocated for the revitalization of America's urban centers. Bringing MARC into Holland & Knight forges a powerful partnership to bring local government ideas and excellence to the forefront of the policy debate."

The new team will focus in two areas.

Health Care

Bringing a blend of seasoned public health advocacy and regulatory know-how, the MARC health care team complements and broadens our health care practice group's policy experience. The team is well respected before the U.S. Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health. The team includes a former CMS official, a former Medicare Carrier Director, and a coding expert and delivers a new technical and strategic regulatory/reimbursement capability for the firm. These additions will benefit our health care practice and enable our firmwide interdisciplinary Health Law & Life Sciences Team to offer deeper regulatory capabilities to existing health care clients.

Randolph Fenninger joins as a Senior Policy Advisor. Fenninger has more than 30 years experience representing healthcare clients before Congress, the Executive Branch, independent regulatory agencies and public and private health plans. After nine years in government relations with the American Medical Association, he joined MARC Associates as a partner in 1985.

Ellen Riker joins as a Senior Policy Advisor. Riker has 25 years of legislative, regulatory, and operational expertise in Medicare, and other federal medical research and health policies. She served six years on the Professional Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, working on public health and Medicare issues and several years in hospital administration.

Other health team members are Sheila Madhani, Laurence Clark, MD, Bernard Patashnik and Johanna Gray.

Intergovernmental Relations

The MARC intergovernmental team led by Dan Maldonado and Eve Maldonado O'Toole has special expertise in advocating for local governments. They bring to Holland & Knight a list of distinguished clients that include the cities of San Francisco and Seattle and the 480-member League of California Cities. The long standing key relationships that they have on the West Coast enhance Holland & Knight's geographic footprint and strengthen its municipalities practice.

Daniel Maldonado joins as a Senior Policy Advisor. Maldonado is the former CEO and founder of MARC. He has over 30 years of federal appropriations and budget experience and spent 11 years as Chief of Staff for Congressman Edward Roybal, who was one of the "cardinals" on the House Appropriations Committee. He assisted the Congressman in forming the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He also served in the Carter Administration as Director of Legislation for ACTION/Peace Corps.

Eve Maldonado O'Toole joins as a Senior Policy Advisor. O'Toole brings over 16 years of Federal lobbying experience, with a particular specialty in local government advocacy, regulatory, appropriations and policy development, and in local public-private partnerships. She represents leading local and regional government institutions, including the cities of San Francisco and Seattle, LA County Community Development Commission, San Mateo County & the League of California Cities, where she previously served as Washington Representative.

Other intergovernmental team members are Jennifer McGee and Dustin McDonald.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Mexico City. Representative offices are located in Caracas and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.

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