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Law firm recruits former mayoral advisor, city councilwoman

Michael Schwartz March 15, 2017 0

Mark Kronenthal and Kathy Graziano.

Mark Kronenthal and Kathy Graziano.

A recently rebranded downtown law firm has beefed up its ranks with the addition of two former Richmond City Hall insiders.

Roth Jackson, known until recently as Roth Jackson Gibbons Condlin, last month brought on former city council member Kathy Graziano and Mark Kronenthal, who served as former mayor Dwight Jones’ chief of staff.

Hiring Graziano, who did not run for reelection last year, coincides with the February launch of Roth Jackson Strategies Group, an in-house lobbying arm she’s now a part of. 

For Kronenthal, now a partner at the firm, the move marks a return to the law firm world and allows him to rejoin former colleagues Jennifer Mullen and Andy Condlin. The three previously worked together at Williams Mullen. Prior to his nearly two years at the city, Kronenthal also had stints at Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank and McCandlish Holton.

The new additions will help the firm pursue more real estate and economic development work, taking advantage of Kronenthal’s experience in real estate and land-use issues, and Graziano’s prior perspective from gauging development proposals on the other side of the podium.

In the near term, the new lobbying arm will focus on local clients, but eventually will look to take advantage of Roth Jackson’s second office in Northern Virginia and go after federal lobbying work.

Roth Jackson now has 12 attorneys. Graziano and Kronenthal started with the firm Feb. 1, working out of its office in the SunTrust Center downtown.

As for the firm’s new Roth Jackson moniker, Condlin said it follows a trend in recent years of law firms simplifying their names.

“It’s just a typical law firm strategy to rebrand and have two names that in this case were easy to say and spell,” Condlin said. “Roth Jackson just kind of rolls off the tongue.”

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