Holland & Knight has picked up three SNR Denton public affairs strategists for its public policy and regulation practice, Holland announced Wednesday.
Audrey Young and Mark Meissner have joined the firm as senior strategic communications advisers, while Stewart Gordon has come aboard as a strategic communications adviser. The team started at SNR Denton in 2007, after they left Baker & Daniels subsidiary B&D Consulting.
Young said that she and her colleagues felt “very strongly that it was the best place for our clients.”
The advisers have worked on several public affairs initiatives and campaigns during their careers.
Young focuses on protecting the reputations of well-known individuals, as well as companies and nonprofit organizations that are involved with issues that include health care, energy, finance and the environment.
Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather was one of her clients. She did communications work for Rather during his breach of contract case against CBS, which he left in 2006 following a disputed report on President George W. Bush’s military record.
Meissner specializes in health care, trade, finance, energy, transportation and housing. He was a Democratic candidate in 2002 for an open House seat in Indiana. But he didn’t get his party’s nomination.
Gordon focuses on grassroots strategies for corporate coalitions, chemical manufacturers and health and life sciences companies. At SNR Denton, he managed teams in D.C., Puerto Rico and every U.S. state.
"In today's climate, clients are looking for the best value for their dollar,” Rich Gold, head of Holland’s public policy and regulation practice, said in a statement. “Keeping needed services under one umbrella is often the best financial route to take. Adding crisis communications professionals to the talent we currently have in strategic communications only broadens the capabilities we can offer, and allows for better cohesion among a client's communications team and its legal or advocacy team."