Member of Bevin administration joins Top Shelf Lobby as partner

03/22/2017 03:23 PM

Justin Clark, who recently served in the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin as general counsel for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is joining Top Shelf Lobby as a partner, effective April 1, 2017.

“Top Shelf Lobby is excited to have Justin join our firm as partner,” said Top Shelf partner, Marc Wilson. “His skill sets, his legal experience and knowledge of the process in state government is a tremendous asset that will help grow our firm to the next level.”

Clark is the second high level member of the Bevin administration to join a lobbying firm in Kentucky this year. Nate Haney, the former deputy secretary of the executive cabinet, left his post in January to join McCarthy Strategic Solutions.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served in Governor Bevin’s Administration as part of his legal team,” Clark said in a news release. “Top Shelf Lobby has a great reputation in state government, and I know first-hand how much legislators and executive branch leaders respect the firm and appreciate the constructive manner in which it engages with policymakers on behalf of its clients. I’m looking forward to working with those valued clients and am excited to grow the firm.”

Prior to his role with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the Bevin administration, Clark was a partner in the Louisville office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, one of Kentucky’s oldest and largest law firms.

Clark was named a “top lawyer” by Louisville Magazine for multiple years for his work in with Stoll. Clark’s legal experience involved general and complex business litigation, insurance regulatory matters, healthcare litigation, construction law, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, professional liability defense, and constitutional law, according to a press release announcing his hire.

“Our firm has experienced tremendous growth over the last 24 months,” Top Shelf partner Kevin Payton said in the release. “Having an expert with Justin’s talents join our team can only mean great things for our clients, our future clients, and is a sign of our commitment to being the leading lobbying firm in Kentucky.”

Top Shelf Lobby was recognized by the Southern Political Report as the top lobbying firm in Kentucky in 2015. The group manages advocacy in Kentucky for some of the largest brands in the world, including healthcare organizations, trade associations, and small business interests, according to the news release.

Nick Storm

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