Wilmington, Del. — The law firm of McCarter & English announced the opening of an affiliate public affairs firm focused on government relations.
Thomas Ross, a former member of the Republican National committee and Brian McGlinchey, an economic development specialist and former projects director under then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden, will lead the firm.
The duo, both non-lawyers, 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 rule implementation. They will also advise businesses on issue advocacy, including advertising, public relations and grassroots campaigns.
“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 Kelly, Wilmington-based chair of McCarter & English.
Ross is an entrepreneur who was twice elected Republican State Chairman in Delaware. He was managing director at Lexden Capital and focused on project finance. He launched several small businesses focused on finance and commercial real estate, and has experience in banking and mergers and acquisitions.
McGlinchey has been a registered lobbyist since 2002 and has experience in federal, state and local affairs. He is the director of the Delaware-based Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, a progressive labor-management fund that promotes growth
The affiliate firm will be called McCarter Government Solutions, LLC.