Washington, D.C., July 15, 2009—Calling him a “triple threat,” the National Law Journal-Legal Times named Patton Boggs partner Kevin O’Neill to its list of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.”
Mr. O’Neill, a partner in the firm’s Washington office, was honored for his impressive lobbying practice, as well as his innovative role as the creator and voice of the firm’s Capital Thinking podcasts and radio show on VoiceAmerica’s Internet radio network.
The publication predicted that Mr. O’Neill and an elite group of 39 others would “play a major role in the legal community of the nation’s capital – and therefore the nation– for years to come.” While Washington is a city full of lawyer-lobbyists, Mr. O’Neill was one of just two lawyers from the lobbying profession to be selected for the 40 Under 40 honor.
“As the practice of lobbying becomes more complicated it is more important than ever to have lawyers who understand the political and legal ramifications of a client's policy needs,” said Nicholas W. Allard, co-chair of the firm’s public policy practice, the nation’s largest law firm lobbying department. “Kevin not only possesses those skills but uses them with tremendous success for our clients.”
Mr. O’Neill was recently tapped to become the deputy chair of the firm’s public policy practice beginning in January 2010, making him the youngest member of the firm’s management team.
“Kevin is ahead of the curve in applying new media and technology to public policy advocacy, tools which are transforming the practice of lobbying just as they transformed political campaigns,” Mr. Allard said.
Mr. O’Neill focuses his public policy practice on representing a wide array of state and local governments, transportation entities, colleges and universities, hospitals and a number of national associations. His work has covered a range of major policy challenges in Washington and he is active on some of the key legislative battles of the current 111th Congress.
O’Neill created and hosts Patton Boggs’ weekly podcast series and Internet radio show. Both shows give listeners insight into how what happens on Capitol Hill, the White House and the federal agencies impacts the business world. The radio show and podcasts combined draws several thousand listeners each week and have already been recognized with a number of legal marketing awards in just the first year.
“Patton Boggs is proud to have Kevin as a member of our team and we are thrilled that he has received this honor for a publication as well respected as National Law Journal-Legal Times,” said Stuart M. Pape, managing partner of the firm. “Kevin is known for his innovative thinking. This, combined with his strategic policy advice and dedication to clients makes him an invaluable asset to both the firm and our clients.”