Williams Mullen has picked up a former chief executive officer and chairman of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for its lobbying team, the firm announced Tuesday.
Charles "Chip" Nottingham, who was the economic regulatory agency's top official from 2006 to 2009, is now a partner in Williams Mullen's federal government affairs practice, which the firm launched this year. Nottingham, an attorney, said Williams Mullen's formation of the lobbying group and its interest in creating a national transportation practice were among the features that drew him to the firm.
“It was a good opportunity to help and build two practice areas,” he said.
Nottingham most recently served as the Surface Transportation Board’s vice chairman this year and as one of its commissioners from 2009 to 2010. Before his appointment to the board by President Bush in 2006, he served as the Federal Highway Administration’s associate administrator for policy and governmental affairs from 2002 to 2006, after a period as a counsel to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Nottingham was the chief executive officer of the Virginia Department of Transportation from 1999 to 2002 and assistant secretary of Transportation in the state from 1998 to 1999. From 1995 to 1998, Nottingham spent stints as the chief of staff to Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and then-Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.)
Michael Ferrell, chairman of the firm’s federal government affairs practice, said in a written statement that Nottingham is an “excellent addition” to Williams Mullen’s lobbying practice.
“Chip Nottingham complements our thriving team by bringing extensive transportation and infrastructure experience to the table,” Ferrell said. “His knowledge of and familiarity with Capitol Hill will help us better serve our clients.”