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D.C. Councilmember and Madison Group partner Michael Brown can be seen in the background of this photo with his hands cuffed behind him at Monday’s protest.

Stephen Payne of Houston registered the International Business & Energy Development Corp. as a lobbying client, as well as SAP America and the United Space Alliance, all in 2002.

They plan to continue their “humanitarian” efforts back in the U.S., the statement said.

New Employee Cuff Links

Think you’ve had a hectic first day on a new job? Try getting arrested.

That’s what happened to Michael Brown, the newest partner at the Madison Group.

Brown, who serves as D.C.’s at-large councilmember, arrived in the office early Monday for day one. “I had a partner meeting and then went and got arrested,” Brown said.

He was in elite company: D.C.’s mayor and most of the other councilmembers were taken into custody for blocking traffic outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building to protest the pending budget deal that defunds some D.C. services.

“We celebrate civil disobedience,” said Madison Group Managing Partner Robb Watters, who noted that the firm shares a name with one of the country’s Founding Fathers. “This is what our country is based upon.”

Brown said his new colleagues, after they got all the necessary jokes out of the way, were supportive of his late night in the slammer. It helps that he already knew Watters and firm partner Marcus Mason — those relationships were part of what lured the councilmember to the shop.

“The reputation of the partners and the firm are something that you always look at,” Brown said. “The comfort level I had made it an easy decision.”

His practice will focus on telecommunications, tax, foreign affairs and municipal issues.

Before he joined the Madison Group, Brown was managing director of the government affairs practice at Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge. He was previously the managing partner of Alcalde & Fay and a member of Patton Boggs. 

The Madison Group’s clients include CTIA, BNSF Railway Co. and T-Mobile.

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