Press Release
December 8, 2010

Lauri Hettinger Joins the Public Policy & Regulation Group in Holland & Knight's Washington D.C. Office

Addition of Former Staff Director to the Office of Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) Strengthens Firm's Transportation and Water Infrastructure Capabilities Under a Changed Government

Washington, D.C. – December 8, 2010– Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Lauri Hettinger has joined the firm's Washington, D.C. office as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Hettinger will advocate for local government municipalities' infrastructure needs including surface transportation, water, and Army Corps of Engineers.

"Lauri brings more than a decade of service in the U.S. Senate to Holland & Knight," said Rich Gold, head of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation group. "She has extensive expertise with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, as well as with the Clean Water Act and the Army Corps. Her high-level bipartisan network of policy and political relationships in both Congress and the Executive Branch will allow her to develop successful legislative strategies for Holland & Knight's current and potential clients, and I'm excited to have her on-board."

"I'm thrilled to be joining Holland & Knight's diverse team of professionals," said Hettinger. "I'm looking forward to building on the strong presence and reputation that the firm and its Public Policy & Regulation group have.”

Hettinger represented Senator Voinovich in the negotiations of the SAFETEA-LU conference report, while securing $250 million in projects in the legislation. With her expansive knowledge for water infrastructure, Hettinger drafted several bills to help local governments afford to upgrade and improve their sewer and sanitary sewer systems. She also represented Senator Voinovich in drafting the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 conference report and securing $90 million in projects in the bill.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Hettinger served as Staff Director for the office of Senator George Voinovich. In this role, she served as primary advisor on transportation, water infrastructure, environment, Army Corps of Engineers and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Hettinger also served as legislative assistant to Senator Norm Coleman, was a senior research analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and started her political career in the office of Senator Strom Thurmond as staff assistant and then legislative correspondent. Hettinger received her B.S. in Psychology and Political Science from Presbyterian College.

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