And the firm Jones Day has filed to represent the embassy of China to monitor and report on “Congressional developments and activities” for a quarterly retainer of $45,000.
K Street Moves. Justin LeBlanc, who most recently was with the federal relations practice at the PNW public relations firm, and Chris Fidler, who directed federal government affairs for the carrier Airborne Express, have joined the Petrizzo Strategic Group, the new firm established by T.J. Petrizzo. Both will be principals in the firm.
“Justin and Chris are phenomenal additions to our team,” Petrizzo said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Petrizzo’s former firm, the Bockorny Group, has also added a new lobbyist. Chuck Crowders, vice president and head of global government affairs for Avaya Inc., has signed on to Bockorny’s tax and technology practice.
• The firm Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is adding a new partner as of Feb. 1: Robert Silverstein, is joining the public policy practice, which already includes former Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.). Silverstein will focus on education, social security and civil rights issues.
• Paul Brathwaite, executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, is leaving Capitol Hill for the Podesta Group, the shop founded by Tony Podesta. Brathwaite said that he intends to focus on telecommunications, financial services, health care and transportation clients.
“It’s a great time to take on this type of opportunity given the results of the last election, and personally for me, it’s a new professional challenge,” he said.
• Michael Waxman, who founded his own firm, Waxman Consulting, is joining Hyde Park Communications as a vice president.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.