Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Michael Nutter Join Dentons Public Policy Team

7/19/17

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Michael Nutter

Former Baltimore and Philadelphia mayors enhance firm's Local Government Solutions practice

Dentons, the global law firm, today adds two senior advisors to its Local Government Solutions team. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former mayor of Baltimore, and Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia, join the Firm's roster of prominent former local government officials.

Dentons' Local Government Solutions practice connects the public and private sectors, working with local governments, private businesses and organizations in the US. The team focuses on economic development and redevelopment projects, special tax districts, land use and zoning, tax increment financing, new markets tax credits, green cities and smart cities initiatives, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, public finance, pension reform, strategic asset disposition, procurement and government contracts, federal government advocacy, privatization and public private partnerships, infrastructure, and policy development.

"We welcome Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Mayor Nutter to Dentons' national team of trusted policy professionals. They will further deepen our team's talent in assisting clients seeking innovative solutions in navigating the intersection of business and local government," said Mike McNamara, US CEO of Dentons.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake was elected the 49th mayor of Baltimore, serving the city from January 2010 to January 2016. During her tenure, Mayor Rawlings-Blake created Baltimore's first long-range financial plan; created tax incentives to attract developers and revitalize areas of the city; and developed a number of innovative programs focusing on sustainability and attracting millennials. Mayor Rawlings-Blake was elected secretary of the Democratic National Committee in January 2013 and also served as the president of the United States Conference of Mayors from June 2015 to June 2016.

Mayor Nutter was elected the 98th mayor of Philadelphia, serving the city from January 2008 to January 2016. During his tenure, Mayor Nutter launched many successful campaigns to boost population growth, economic development , increase the city's credit rating, and passed his Actual Value Initiative -- the city's first ever property assessment system overhaul. Mayor Nutter previously served the Philadelphia City Council for nearly 15 years and serves as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee. He also served as the president of the United States Conference of Mayors from June 2012 to June 2013.

"We are committed to building on a strong foundation in our work with local governments." said Eric Tanenblatt, US Public Policy chair. "Our team has unmatched experience inside city halls and county government buildings. Complemented by Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Mayor Nutter's impressive backgrounds, we will provide guidance to clients making decisions that have a profound impact on their citizens and clients."

Dentons Public Policy practice includes government affairs and advocacy lawyers and professionals in Washington, DC and across the United States. The firm's Local Government Solutions team encompasses former local government elected and appointed officials across the United States, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, and Texas, and is supported by Dentons 50, a full-service, 50-state public policy network offering unrivaled access to state capitols across the nation. Other members of the Dentons Public Policy team include former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Governor Howard Dean.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.

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