New Lobbying Group Emerges at Womble Bond Dickinson

BOSTON – Two Massachusetts government relations and public affairs teams joined forces today to launch Womble Bond Dickinson Government and Public Affairs. This new subsidiary brings together Jack McGlynn Jr. and Beth Mullen of McGlynn & McGlynn with Colleen McGlynn and Marty Nastasia, formerly of Brown Rudnick. 

This group is set to make an immediate impact on the Beacon Hill lobbying landscape. Jack and Colleen McGlynn are a father and daughter duo who hail from a family with deep political roots in Massachusetts, while the trio of Marty, Beth and Colleen began their careers in public service in the office of former Senator Fred Berry, who passed away in 2018. The creation of Womble Bond Dickinson Government and Public Affairs also reunites Colleen and Marty with Jed M. Nosal who joined Womble Bond Dickinson as partner in March and will also be a member of the Government and Public Affairs team.  

Combined, this team represents an impressive list of national and Massachusetts-based clients in various industries including, education, energy, transportation, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing and gaming. 

“Our clients doing business in Massachusetts are thrilled by this news,” said Sarah Keefe, Womble Bond Dickinson’s Boston Office Managing Partner. “Jack McGlynn is considered one of the most trusted and successful government relations practitioners in the Commonwealth. And Colleen, Marty and Beth are at the top of their game. WBD expects this to be a phenomenal opportunity to expand service to existing clients and develop new ones for this new team as well as our current attorneys through collaboration.”

“This new venture represents a great deal to me both professionally and personally,” Jack said. “I am proud of what Marty, Colleen and Beth have accomplished as professionals. I admire how hard they work for their clients and the strong character and creativity they bring to every situation. And it probably goes without saying that this moment is incredibly special to share with my daughter. Together, and with Jed and our new Womble colleagues we are excited to hit the ground running.” 

Jack McGlynn has been a lawyer, lobbyist and government affairs consultant for more than 30 years. Jack’s firm McGlynn & McGlynn has provided government relations solutions and legal services to a wide range of industries and non-profits doing business at the municipal, state and federal level, including healthcare systems, educational institutions, transportation companies, insurance providers, telecommunication firms, contracting firms, as well as other business and professional associations. Jack is a member of The Board of Directors of the Essex County Bar Association and The Bourque Family Charitable Foundation.

Marty Nastasia served as Managing Director of Brown Rudnick’s Government, Law and Strategies group in Boston. Prior to that he served as a State Relations Director in the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and an aide to both Senator Fred Berry and Senator Therese Murray, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. As an adviser in Ways and Means, Marty was responsible for a portfolio of issues including Gaming and Economic Development policy and continues to service clients on complex state and municipal matters. 

Colleen McGlynn served as Director of Brown Rudnick’s Government Law & Strategies group in Boston. In her role at Brown Rudnick, Colleen managed a diverse portfolio of clients, serving as a strategy partner and public affairs specialist. Working at the intersection of communications and government relations, she helped clients navigate relationships with government, media and communities in order to reach target audiences and advance organizational priorities. Prior to Brown Rudnick, Colleen served as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry and is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Frederick Berry Institute of Politics and Civic Engagement at Salem State University. 

Beth Mullen was Vice President of Government Relations at McGlynn & McGlynn, where she guided clients through legislative, regulatory, and municipal matters. As an attorney, she also provided legal research and opinions to various businesses and associations. Beth started her career working her way up from intern to Deputy Chief of Staff for Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry, where she was responsible for policy and budget matters. 

This new team is the fourth major growth announcement Womble’s Boston office has made this year. The firm added three lateral partners over the last six months, including fellow political insider and former Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras. There are currently 23 attorneys in the Boston office, whom provide a full suite of service and particular depth in business litigation, real estate and intellectual property law. 

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