Updated at 3:12 p.m.
Greenberg Traurig has hired a lobbyist from the Arlington, Va.-based government affairs shop of Russell & Barron, the law firm announced Thursday.
Edward Barron joined the Washington office of Greenberg as a shareholder in its government affairs practice. Before the lobbyist started at Russell & Barron in 2008, he was the vice president of government affairs and legislative counsel for the airline trade group Air Transport Association of America (now Airlines for America) for a year, after 20 years on Capitol Hill as a Democratic staffer.
As a congressional aide, Barron spent stints as deputy chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, deputy chief of staff for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Democrats, and chief of staff and legal counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee Democrats. He advised members of Congress on matters that included trade, transportation, nutrition, antitrust and intellectual property issues.
At Russell & Barron, Barron lobbied for more than two dozen clients in 2011, according to congressional records. They included PepsiCo Inc.; Altria Client Services Inc., a subsidiary of the company formerly known as Philip Morris Companies Inc.; and YUM! Brands Inc., which operates KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants.
"We look forward to introducing our clients to the tremendous experience and knowledge that Ed brings to this team," Laura Klaus, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg’s Washington office, said in a statement.
Barron didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.