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Jeff Berman Joins Public Policy & Governmental Affairs Group

February 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2009 – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP ( announced today that has joined the firm’s Public Policy & Governmental Affairs group in its Washington, D.C., office.

“Jeff will join Broderick Johnson and other government affairs staff at our firm in providing strategic counsel on emerging public policies at the White House, federal agencies and Capitol Hill, plus in state and local governments around the country,” said Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Jeff’s legal and political background and nationwide network of government and political relationships will be of enormous value to our public-entity, corporate, association and nonprofit clients.”

Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Berman served as the national delegate director for the Obama presidential campaign, leading the historic effort to assemble the 2008 delegate majority to nominate Barack Obama for president. Berman devised the strategy to focus on the caucus states and every proportional and unpledged delegate allocation to build and preserve Obama’s narrow lead through the 56 primaries and caucuses. Berman supervised compliance with all state laws and petition requirements and tracked all delegates to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to assure Obama’s progress toward the nomination. At the National Convention, Berman oversaw the development of the 2008 Democratic Party platform, the creation of a new DNC commission to revise national Democratic Party rules and the resolution of all credentials controversies, including those involving the Florida and Michigan primaries. Berman also negotiated the National Convention nominating procedures to guarantee a unified convention vote for Obama.

Berman previously served as a longtime adviser to former House of Representatives Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, working as a senior political adviser to Leader Gephardt from 1987-2004, including formal roles in his 1988 and 2004 presidential campaigns. Berman began his career in politics in former Ohio Sen. John Glenn’s presidential campaign in 1983-84, subsequently serving under Chairman Glenn as counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

In addition to his work in politics, Berman has spent many years in private practice in Washington, D.C. Berman advises clients on legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and other departments and agencies. His experience also includes the negotiation of agreements that are subject to compliance with federal regulations and international agreements.

Berman received his J.D. in 1982 from Harvard Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1979 from Brown University.

Bryan Cave LLP ( has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiaries Bryan Cave International Trade and Bryan Cave Strategies LLC provide trade and customs consultancy and government relations and strategic counsel, respectively. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave's more than 1,200 lawyers and other consulting professionals in 26 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients' needs in the world's leading business and financial markets.

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