The lobbying firm once known as Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart is renaming itself Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart. Today the firm announced J. Jonathon Jones as a name partner.
Johnson, as in David Johnson, was dropped because Johnson announced his retirement in June. And Boland, as in Michael Boland, was cut because Boland announced he would be leaving this past December to start his own lobbying shop.
"It’s really a reflection of who’s here and that David is retired now,” Jones says.
Since joining the firm in 2007, Jones has lobbied on behalf of such major companies as Entergy Corp., Mattel Inc. and MasterCard. Previously he served as chief of staff to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Before the senator was first elected in 2000, Johnson served as deputy director of then-Gov. Carper's Washington office and as Gov. Carper's federal policy adviser.
Jones says the details of how the name change will affect his stake in the firm are still being discussed. According to disclosure reports, the 18-person firm had a strong 2008, recording a 14.8 percent increase in lobbying revenue up to $10.1 million -- good for No. 36 on this year's Influence 50.
When asked whether becoming a name partner will change his role within the firm, Jones says, “Not really.”