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New York’s Leading Government Relations, Health Care and Compliance Practices Change Law Firms

New York’s Leading Government Relations, Health Care and Compliance Practices Change Law Firms

ALBANY, NY (July 13, 2016) – New York’s largest government relations practice, along with major health care and compliance practices, are changing law firms, it was announced today.

After a successful 21-year affiliation, the practice areas will be leaving Wilson Elser and joining Jackson Lewis P.C., as of September 1.

In a joint statement, the law firms and the practice leaders said the transition is amicable and that the firms will continue to seek opportunities to collaborate in the future.

“We’re grateful for the long and successful affiliation we’ve been able to have with Wilson Elser for these 21 years,” said Kenneth L. Shapiro, leader of what will become Jackson Lewis’ government relations, health care and hospitality law and lobbying compliance practices. “But this is a constantly changing business and we came to the conclusion that Jackson Lewis is a strong fit for our work going forward.”

“We wish Ken and his team the best as they chart a new course,” said Daniel McMahon, Wilson Elser’s chairman. “Together they built a premier lobbying practice during their years with us. We are grateful for their long and active service and look forward to working with them in the future.”

“We realized that in order to accommodate and anticipate our clients’ changing needs, we needed to expand the breadth of our traditional labor and employment services,” said Vincent A. Cino, Firm Chairman at Jackson Lewis.  “I am delighted we have found the team to help us do so. We appreciate the professionalism of the Wilson Elser firm during this transition and look forward to working with them in the future.”

The move means a significant expansion of Jackson Lewis’ Albany presence, which opened in September 2008 with two attorneys and has grown to include more than 10.

Wilson Elser will maintain its Albany office and its established litigation and commercial practices.


Media Contacts:

Robert Bellafiore, Stanhope Partners         518.928.8471,

Lara Hamm, Jackson Lewis                        267-319-7803,

Esther Rose, Wilson Elser                          914-872-7379,

About Wilson Elser

Wilson Elser, a full-service law firm (, serves its clients with nearly 800 attorneys in 30 offices in the United States and one in London. Founded in 1978, it ranks among the top 200 law firms identified by The American Lawyer and in the top 50 of The National Law Journal. Over the last decade, the firm has opened 10 new offices and expanded its services to include corporate transactional and cross-border work, real estate, cyber security & data privacy, and intellectual property, among other services.

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis ( is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With 800 attorneys practicing in major locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. The firm’s wide range of practice areas provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. 



Vincent A. Cino

Vincent A. Cino