Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Solyndra's High Powered, High-Buck Legal Team

From the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential column:
Former Massachusetts governor and Senate candidate William Weld is Solyndra’s newest lobbyist, according to the solar panel company’s latest filing in bankruptcy court.

Former Steny Hoyer aide David Ransom, a Weld colleague at McDermott Will & Emery is also on the brand new Solyndra account, helping the company deal with the investigation into how it got this government subsidy despite its bad business condition. Hoyer’s old chief of staff Andy Quinn is already a Solyndra lobbyist, as is Quinn’s colleague Steve Ham at McAllister & Quinn.

The other DC lawyer named by the Legal Times story where I found this is former John Glenn aide and Reagan Administration lawyer Stephen Ryan.

Solyndra’s other well-connected lobbyists include green-lobbyist extraordinaire and former Appropriations staffer Steve McBee and John Kerry aide Gregg Rothschild.
The Blog of Legal Times has their rates:
...Five people with McDermott and their standard hourly rates are listed on the application: William Weld, a former Massachusetts governor and U.S. attorney who is of counsel in New York, at $825; Washington partner Stephen Ryan at $775; Washington partner David Ransom and Silicon Valley partner Eugene Litvinoff, both at $525; and Jon Decker, a senior adviser in Washington, at $425....MORE