Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Mark L. Pryor, a former two-term U.S. senator and Arkansas attorney general, joined the firm today as a shareholder in the Government Relations Department in its Washington, D.C., office. Pryor will play a leading role in furthering the firm’s State Attorneys General and Congressional Investigations groups as well as the federal government relations practice.
“As we continue to build out our preeminent focus areas, Mark’s experience as a U.S. senator and attorney general in Arkansas are a great addition to our expanding federal Government Relations and State Attorneys General practices,” said Rich Benenson, managing partner of the firm. “We best serve our clients by going beyond the traditional approach as state attorneys general continue to gain power in today’s dynamic regulatory environment.”
Pryor represented Arkansas as a Democratic U.S. senator for two terms. Most recently he served as a partner with Venable Law Firm in Washington, D.C., and was a co-chair of its Attorneys General Group and Congressional Investigations practice. Throughout his career, he has focused on several prominent issues, including communications, internet, privacy, cybersecurity, aviation, automotive, consumer protection, homeland security, FEMA and agriculture.
“Mark is a fantastic addition to our bipartisan team,” said Marc Lampkin, Brownstein’s Government Relations Department chair. “His firsthand experience on Capitol Hill, strong relationships and work with both parties will benefit our clients.”
Pryor began his career in public service when he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1990. In 1998, he was elected attorney general of Arkansas, where he toughened laws against drunk drivers, enacted legislation to protect children on the internet, prohibited unwanted telemarketing calls and helped establish an alert system to locate missing and exploited children.
“I’m excited to be joining Brownstein’s industry-leading Government Relations Department and to utilize my experience at the federal and state levels to help clients tackle their pressing issues,” added Pryor.
Pryor earned his law degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.