The Kansas City, Mo., firm Polsinelli Shughart has scored five lobbyists from Bryan Cave, including three health care specialists. Cynthia Berry, Julius Hobson and Harry Sporidis who have been working overtime on health care matters are joining the shop, as are Alan Parver and Steven Stranne.
The five lobbyists all joined Bryan Cave in 2009 after a merger with Powell Goldstein. Tim Perrin, who previously worked at Powell Goldstein, is also expected to join Polsinelli.
Berry counts the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, International Biometric Industry Association and Blue Shield of California as clients, according to lobbying disclosure reports.
Sporidis, who was a senior aide to then-Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-Pa.), lobbies on behalf of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Amoena USA Corp. and Theragenics Corp., according to lobbying disclosure reports.
Bryan Caves Broderick Johnson said his firm will continue to have a robust health care practice despite the departures. Bill Applegate, Jennifer Stewart and Johnson all represent health care clients for the firm. Johnson also noted that he expects to announce new hires in the near future.
Back to School. GolinHarris Public Affairs has added Virginia Union University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg to its client roster. The firm, which disclosed the clients in lobbying filings with Congress, will assist the schools in finding federal funding. While House Democrats have imposed a one-year moratorium on earmarks for for-profit companies, nonprofit universities can still apply for the federal pots of money.
The GolinHarris team is headed by Michael Fulton. The firms Marianne Adezio Myers and Melissa Matson will also work on the account.