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Top Senate Energy, Health/Education Staff Director to Join Bracewell & Giuliani's Policy Resolution Group in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that former Senate Committee Staff Director Frank Macchiarola is joining the firm’s Policy Resolution Group (PRG) in Washington, D.C.  Macchiarola, the former staff director of two prominent Senate committees, will bolster PRG’s environmental and energy practices as well as help expand the group’s healthcare and education practices.

Macchiarola leaves Capitol Hill after serving for the past three years as staff director of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).  At HELP, he was the chief adviser to Senate Republicans for some of the most high profile legislative issues over the past several years including health care reform.  Previously, Macchiarola served as both Majority and Minority Staff Director of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for former Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), helping  manage several major pieces of energy legislation.

"Frank Macchiarola is a first-class public policy talent," said PRG head Scott Segal.  "Having served as the leader of two Senate committees that handle some of our country's most pressing issues, Frank will complement the efforts of the Policy Resolution Group, which is known for its in-depth expertise and substantive approach to advocacy work."

As a part of PRG, Bracewell & Giuliani name partner Rudy Giuliani said Macchiarola will have the opportunity to continue his substantive policy and political role.  "It is very exciting to welcome such an experienced Washington policy hand joining our PRG team," the former New York Mayor said. "Frank Macchiarola has first-hand legislative knowledge of some of the most important issues facing our country today such as healthcare, education and energy – priority issues for policymakers for many years to come.  And, as an added bonus, he’s a long-time New York Yankees fan."

A Brooklyn, NY native, Macchiarola is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and earned a juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.

“We are very pleased to see a public policy professional of Frank Macchiarola’s caliber join the Policy Resolution Group,” said Mark C. Evans, Managing Partner of Bracewell & Giuliani. “Frank will add tremendous value for our clients and strengthen the firm’s already outstanding advocacy capabilities in Washington, D.C.”

In a 2011 profile in the Washington Post, Macchiarola said, “It is important to defeat … bad policies, but it is more satisfying to be in the role of being able to pass policies that are good for the American people." 

“I am very excited to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group, which has built an outstanding reputation in Washington for its substantive, knowledge-based approach to advocacy work,” said Macchiarola.  “PRG’s clients are well positioned to engage in today’s complex policy issues, and I look forward to continuing to take on some of our nation’s most critical challenges, from the evolution of our nation’s energy policy to the ongoing reform of our healthcare system and much, much more.”

Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives.  PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.  PRG Founding Partners include Scott Segal, former EPA Congressional Affairs head Ed Krenik, Bracewell partner and lobbyist Dee Martin, and strategic communications experts Frank Maisano and Paul Nathanson. 

For additional information on PRG, visit www.policyresolutiongroup.org.