Lobbyist Mark Heilbrun has joined the Washington office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman as a partner in the government affairs practice.
Heilbrun, a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer since 2009, focuses on regulatory and policy issues in the cybersecurity, international trade and intellectual property fields. He declined to name any of his clients.
During the past several years, Heilbrun lobbied for the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance, Entertainment Software Association and SLT Secured Systems, according to lobbying disclosure forms.
In an interview with Legal Times, Heilbrun said Kasowitz's white-collar and litigation work would be a good match for his practice. "We are able to present a viable and robust representation of clients when it comes to cases and investigations brought by the government," Heilbrun said.
From 2001 until 2005, Heilbrun served in various leadership roles for the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee, including staff director and general counsel. He was one of the staff members who worked closely with Sens. Joe Lieberman and John McCain on legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. (After leaving the Senate, Heilbrun joined Jenner & Block as a partner in the firm’s litigation and public policy practices.)
In June, Kasowitz, based in New York, announced the opening of its Washington office, led by counsel Clarine Nardi Riddle. She formerly served as chief of staff to Lieberman, a Kasowitz senior counsel who works in the New York office. Kasowitz's website lists two lawyers in the firm’s office in Washington.