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The Hill Recognizes Four from Covington’s Public Policy Practice

November 3, 2017

WASHINGTONThe Hill has named Covington’s Howard Berman, Holly Fechner, Jon Kyl, and Bill Wichterman to its annual “Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns” list.

First elected to Congress in 1982, Congressman Berman became known as one of Capitol Hill’s preeminent deal-makers. He served as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was a long-time senior member on the House Judiciary Committee. Congressman Berman was also named to The Hill’s list in 2016.

Named to the list for the fifth consecutive year, Ms. Fechner previously served as Policy Director for Senator Edward Kennedy, as well as Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. Ms. Fechner is currently a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Senator Kyl retired from Congress in January 2013 as the second-highest ranking Republican senator. During Senator Kyl’s 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building. Senator Kyl was also named to the “Top Lobbyists” list in 2016. 

Mr. Wichterman previously served as Special Assistant to President Bush and Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the White House, Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Chief of Staff to Congressman Joe Pitts and Congressman Bill Baker. This is the third consecutive year in which Mr. Wichterman has been named to The Hill’s list.

Covington’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice ranks among the top five law firms in the National Law Journal’s “Influence 50” survey for the breadth of its legislative and regulatory experience. The firm’s ability to achieve success for its clients is the result of years of experience perfecting an understanding of the moving parts of the legislative process, involving committees, the leadership, intra- and inter-party relationships, the interplay between the House and Senate, and appreciation of the ways in which the executive branch can influence the legislature. The firm specializes in crafting comprehensive legislative and regulatory strategies for its clients in such diverse industries as energy, financial services, food products, pharmaceuticals, transportation, technology, telecommunications, and on such diverse matters as employee benefits, health care, homeland security, intellectual property, tax, sports, and product liability. The group’s expertise also extends to representing clients that are the subject of congressional or state legislative investigations.


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