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Scott D. Hatch Joins Blank Rome Government Relations as Principal

Blank Rome Government Relations LLC is pleased to announce that Scott D. Hatch has joined the Firm as a Principal in its Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Hatch comes to Blank Rome from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he was a Managing Director in the Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice. He counsels leaders at the highest levels of Congress, business, and the nonprofit world, and advises clients in a broad array of sectors, including defense, energy, healthcare, philanthropy, and technology. In doing so, he helps clients navigate complex commercial, political, and public relations issues, as well as develop strategies to support their business goals.

Having served as a senior leadership staffer on both the floor of Congress and at a national party political committee, Mr. Hatch brings a rare combination of legislative and political acumen to his clients. He has extensive experience in strategy design, messaging, issue advocacy, and crisis mitigation, and is skilled in the use of sophisticated social media and digital tools to engage, shape opinion, and influence policy makers.

"Scott is a highly regarded leader with years of impressive experience in policy development, legislative advocacy, and strategic brand positioning," said C.J. Zane, Managing Principal of Blank Rome Government Relations. "We are thrilled to welcome Scott to the Firm as we continue to strategically expand our bipartisan team of professionals."

"I am excited to join an innovative and forward-thinking firm like Blank Rome," said Mr. Hatch. "As a market leader in key issue sectors, the firm is well positioned at the intersection of business and public policy to have a measurable impact for their clients."

Prior to his tenure with Manatt, Mr. Hatch was Managing Partner of Capitol Management Initiatives ("CMI"), which he founded in 2001 when approached by Bono, the lead singer of the band U2, to represent his antipoverty foundation now known as the ONE campaign. Before founding CMI, Mr. Hatch held a number of high-level positions in the government, political, and association arenas. He served as Chief Floor Assistant to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, and was selected by the Republican House leaders to be Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (the youngest in its history at age 30). He was part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's congressional and public affairs lobbying team, and served as a presidential appointee in the George H.W. Bush Administration.

Mr. Hatch has been profiled in numerous articles, including a Washington Post Magazine cover story entitled "The Insider" that recognized his judgment, relationship-building skills, and ability to maneuver within the legislative process. Roll Call newspaper repeatedly selected him as one of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential Staffers in Washington."

Mr. Hatch earned a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame.