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April 26, 2011 6:00 AM

Ex-Senator Norm Coleman Joins Hogan Lovells

Posted by Brian Baxter

Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has joined Hogan Lovells.

Coleman, who lost his senate seat to Al Franken in 2009 after a lengthy recount battle, called off a run for governor of Minnesota last year and will now work out of Hogan Lovells's office in Washington, D.C. Hogan Lovells confirmed Coleman's hire to The Am Law Daily late Monday and issued a statement announcing his new role as a senior government adviser in the firm's legislative group. Coleman will counsel clients on a wide range of regulatory and government affairs issues.

"I am delighted to be joining Hogan Lovells," said Coleman. "This practice is uniquely positioned in the global legal market place with world-class lawyers throughout the world's business and financial centers practicing in areas where business and government intersect. I look forward to working with my new colleagues spanning the globe."

Hogan Lovells was formed in May 2010 after the completion of a merger between Hogan & Hartson and British firm Lovells. According to the preliminary Am Law 100 financial data for 2010, gross revenue for the newly merged firm declined to $1.66 billion last year from $1.68 billion in combined revenue from both firms in 2009.

Hogan Lovells is home to legendary Washington, D.C., defense lawyer and powerbroker Robert Bennett, who joined what was then Hogan & Hartson in September 2009 after leaving Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group, lists Hogan Lovells as the twelfth most profitable lobbying firm operating in the Beltway last year with almost $17 million in billings.

Coleman is not a registered lobbyist, according to the CRP. The Brooklyn-born University of Iowa law graduate worked for 17 years as a prosecutor in Minnesota's attorney general's office from 1976 to 1993, where he rose to the rank of chief prosecutor and solicitor general. Coleman began his political career by winning an election to become mayor of St. Paul in 1993, a position that he held until 2002 when he was elected as a U.S. senator from Minnesota following the death of incumbent Paul Wellstone.

While in Congress, Coleman served on the foreign relations committee, the agriculture committee, and as chairman of the permanent subcommittee on investigations. W. Michael House, the head of Hogan Lovells's legislative group, noted in a statement that Coleman had developed major public-private partnerships while mayor of St. Paul, including bringing a National Hockey League team back to the city with the Minnesota Wild in 2000.

Coleman's career "has given him invaluable insights from all angles in the practice and crafting of law that affect businesses and governments alike," said Hogan Lovells co-CEO J. Warren Gorrell, Jr., in a statement. The ex-senator "maintains close ties with former congressional colleagues as well as foreign dignitaries, businessmen, and ambassadors. Our clients with international business interests, particularly in Israel, China, and Latin America, will appreciate Sen. Coleman's perceptive understanding of the geopolitics of those regions."

Coleman is the latest former member of Congress to move to an Am Law 200 firm. This year, ex-congressman Robert Bennett (the former Utah senator), Kit Bond, Artur Davis, Byron Dorgan, George LeMieux, Patrick Murphy, and Earl Pomeroy entered the private sector to practice law and engage in lobbying work. (Click here and here for The Am Law Daily's Churn.gov columns on those moves.)

The Milken Institute announced last week that Coleman would be part of a panel discussing congressional deadlock on tax cuts and other important policy issues on May 3 in Los Angeles. The announcement revealed that Coleman was "of counsel" to Hogan Lovells. (Hat Tip: The Minnesota Post.)

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