WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former White House special counsel and lawyer Lanny Davis is joining forces with longtime political strategist and AIPAC spokesman Josh Block to form a new strategic communications and public affairs company.
Davis-Block will partner with sister law firm Lanny J. Davis & Associates, and its affiliate McDermott Will & Emery, to provide clients with both legal counsel and public affairs strategies and will operate “at the nexus of policy, politics and public affairs,” according to the principals.
According to Block: “Legislative strategy and public affairs are inextricably linked today. You simply can’t get things done in traditional ways. The media and political environment demands more. It requires new strategic, multidisciplinary approaches, and that is exactly what Davis-Block will deliver.”
Block joined the senior staff of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and has been the group’s spokesman and director of strategic communications. A former Clinton administration official and spokesman for the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development, Block got his start on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Davis has been involved in national, state and local politics for over 30 years, serving as White House special counsel to President Bill Clinton and as White House spokesperson for print reporters as well as broadcast networks and cable TV. In June 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Dais to serve on the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 2005 Intelligence Reform Act. He is author of the memoir Truth to Tell: Tell It Early, Tell It All, Tell It Yourself.