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Baker Donelson Adds Depth to Federal Public Policy Group


(Washington, D.C. / July 18, 2013) Baker Donelson is pleased to announce the addition of three advisors to the Firm's Government Relations & Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C.: Steven M. Hyjek, Sara Love Rawlings and Brian Schaffner.

"Our three new advisors bring a great deal of experience to our team," said J. Keith Kennedy, chair of Baker Donelson's Government Relations & Public Policy Group. "We welcome their unique perspectives and leadership abilities and are confident that they will be tremendous assets to our clients and to our Firm as a whole."

Mr. Hyjek, a senior advisor, provides legislative and government relations guidance to his clients, focusing on procurement policy, military base enhancement, defense policy, export controls on military technologies and public policy matters. He has successfully represented a number of U.S. and international corporations, serving as an advocate for their interests with Congress and federal agencies. Mr. Hyjek has also successfully advocated for communities and State Governments on behalf of military installations which constitute a significant contribution to the nation's defense as well as to the communities in which they are located.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson's Government Relations & Public Policy Group, Mr. Hyjek was a principal in a federal marketing and lobbying firm for 24 years. During that time, he was selected to represent an array of defense technology developers and manufacturers on defense policy and government procurement matters. Mr. Hyjek also served as a Congressional Liaison Representative for the Secretary of the Army for five years, where he represented the Army's interests to Congress on several issues.

Ms. Rawlings, also a senior advisor, will work with Baker Donelson's Federal Health Policy Group. She has a broad range of experience in crafting and analyzing appropriations and health care policy issues and has particular experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Administration for Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Administration on Aging.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Ms. Rawlings previously worked as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Ms. Rawlings worked on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, where she managed more than $30 billion in annual federal spending. Before her time in Washington, Ms. Rawlings spent four years working in biological research at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Green Center for Reproductive Biological Sciences.

Mr. Schaffner advises clients on national security policy in both the public and private sectors. His knowledge of the legislative process allows him to develop and execute successful strategies for client advocacy. Mr. Schaffner served in Congress during a period of intense debate on the defense budget, working closely with professional staff on Capitol Hill and colleagues at the Department of Defense on key issues. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, he worked as the senior legislative assistant to House Armed Services Committee Member and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.



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