July 20, 2009

Polsinelli Shughart PC congratulates two of our Washington, D.C. attorneys, James H. Davidson and Martin Frost, for being named in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009 in the field of Government Relations Law. (Copyright 2008 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication for the legal industry. Currently, both lawyers are lobbyists for Polsinelli Shughart. In Washington, D.C., 1,479 attorneys were ranked as Best Lawyers® but only 45 were ranked as Best Lawyers in Government Relations Law.

For more than 20 years, James Davidson has helped companies and business associations define and achieve their goals in the legislative and regulatory areas of the federal government. He has served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee on Administrative Practice and Procedure and chief counsel of the Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.

“This honor is particularly meaningful to me,” said Davidson. “But the true reward is using my knowledge to advise clients in areas of government relations law that impact their organizations, causes or businesses. That gets me excited and energized to come to work each day.”

Former Congressman Martin Frost has held a number of leadership positions for the Democratic Party and is considered one of the party’s top strategists. From 1979-2005, Frost served as a member of Congress representing the Dallas-Fort Worth area in north Texas. During his distinguished career in the House, he served from 1999-2003 as chair of the caucus, the third highest-elected leadership position for Democrats, and was the senior Democrat on the Rules Committee.

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