Harbour Group Adds Staff, Expands to New York
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Harbour Group Adds Staff, Expands to New York

Six months after Washington law firm Swidler Berlin launched its public affairs subsidiary, The Harbour Group, it is expanding into New York, recruiting Ogilvy Public Relations veteran Joe Snodgrass to manage its first new office.

Paul Holmes

  WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10—Six months after Washington law firm Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman launched its public affairs subsidiary, The Harbour Group, it is expanding into New York, recruiting Ogilvy Public Relations veteran Joe Snodgrass to manage its first new office. The firm has also recruited a handful of new executives to its Washington staff, growing to 12 people.
 
The Harbour Group is the second public affairs agency to be launched by a Washington law firm, following Patton Boggs’ investment in Qorvis.
 
Snodgrass, who worked with Harbour Group founder Richard Marcus, also a veteran of Ogilvy, and has plenty of political experience, having served as legislative assistant for tax and financial issues to Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) before being named vice president in the corporate practice at Ogilvy, where he has represented clients such as Deloitte & Touche, MasterCard International, Potomac Power Company and US Airways.
 
According to Harbour Group cofounder Joel Johnson, “Creating a base for operations in New York will also enable The Harbour Group to enhance our contact with key decision makers, the media, and industry leaders.”
 
Swidler Berlin managing partner Barry Direnfeld says the law firm has been working closely with its public affairs subsidiary in Washington, and that the new office “allows both firms to better serve the needs of clients that require a strong communications presence in the city. The Harbour Group has gotten off to a tremendous start.”
 
The new additions in Washington are all former colleagues of Marcus and Johnson at Ogilvy, include public affairs professionals Audrey Chang, who joins from Burson-Marsteller, where she worked on the U.S. Treasury business and Christine Collins, who handled Pfizer and Consumer Electronics Association work at Ogilvy; and lobbyists Joanna Slaney, a former special assistant in the Clinton White House, and Emil Barth, who was with the office of the chief of staff, also in the Clinton administration.
 
All but one of the firm’s 12 professionals has Democratic credentials, but Johnson says The Harbour Group will seek to become more balanced as it expands.
 
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