According to the firm’s chairman, Gerald Cassidy, “Clients want a strong presence in Washington, but also one linked to a strong international network.” The firm, which owns public affairs firm Powell Tate and litigation communications specialist Bork & Associates, has already signed more than $4.8 million in new business in 2001.
The top 10 lobbying firms reported combined income of $146 million for 2000, according to a survey of their latest Lobbying Disclosure Act reports, up 18 percent over 1999.
Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand finished second in 2000, up 25 percent with $20.4 million in income. Patton Boggs (which owns a stake in up-and-coming technology public affairs shop Qorvis Communications) came in third, with income of $19.6 million, up 9 percent. In fourth place was Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld ($15.9 million, up 19 percent) and fifth was Washington Council Ernst & Young ($11.7 million).