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Clark Hill Adds Prominent Political Law Attorney John G. Fogarty, Jr. as Senior Counsel in Chicago

November 27, 2018

Representations Include Service as General Counsel to The Illinois GOP and The Illinois Association of Republican County Chairmen

CHICAGO, IL – Clark Hill PLC today announced the addition of John G. Fogarty, Jr. to the firm as Senior Counsel in its Chicago office, where he is a member of the Government and Public Affairs Practice Group. He joins the firm from his private practice, which was among the most active election law and government affairs practices statewide.

“John brings our group significant Illinois campaign finance and ethics law experience as well as strong connections to elected officials, candidates and the political infrastructure of Illinois,” said Charles R. Spies, Co-Leader of Clark Hill's Government and Public Affairs Practice. “His ‘inside politics’ knowledge will be of significant benefit to Clark Hill’s clients.”

A graduate of Northwestern University and Chicago Kent College of Law, Fogarty represents candidates, office holders, political committees, individuals, corporations and nonprofits in all aspects of the electoral and legislative processes, including ballot access, campaign finance and disclosure, lobbying and government affairs, media issues and party governance.  In addition to currently serving for the past six years as General Counsel to the Illinois Republican Party and to the Illinois Association of Republican County Chairmen, Fogarty represents  candidates and political committees throughout the state in administrative matters  as well as in state and federal courts. He also represents clients in a lobbying capacity  in diverse areas including agriculture, energy, healthcare, insurance, gaming, municipal issues, telecommunications and transportation.

“Clark Hill’s nationally recognized Political Law team provides an exceptional platform and a highly collaborative environment to support my practice,” said Fogarty. “The firm’s Washington, D.C. office and public affairs and lobbying practice, with noted attorneys on both sides of the aisle, is a powerful asset for companies around the globe doing any kind of business before Congress or the federal government.  Having this ‘must-have’ capability in Washington available to clients is a huge plus.”

Clark Hill’s bipartisan Government and Public Affairs Practice Group provides detailed legislative, policy, and regulatory insights and representation on issues directly affecting clients in the context of statewide, national and global geopolitical and market forces. 

“This is a complicated time in governmental relations and political representation and John’s knowledge, skills and experience will be in great demand,” said Ray J. Koenig, III, Member-in-Charge of the Chicago office. “We’re pleased to have him on board.”

Founded in 1890, Clark Hill has been significantly expanding since 2013, beginning with the addition of 100 lawyers from Thorp Reed & Armstrong.  In 2017, the firm merged with Los Angeles-based Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, adding some 100 lawyers, and in 2018 the firm combined with Texas-based Strasburger & Price, adding 200 more lawyers in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City.

About Clark Hill PLC

Clark Hill is an international law firm with multidisciplinary practices that draw on our attorneys’ industry and policy knowledge, our deeply held shared values, and a global network of premier firms and advisors to provide innovative legal solutions and client service excellence worldwide.

As one of the largest law firms in the United States with over 600 attorneys and professionals in 25 offices across the nation, as well as offices in Dublin and Mexico City, Clark Hill is everywhere its clients require high quality legal representation. Please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @ClarkHillUpdate and @CHPublicAffairs.

For more information, contact Jamie Moss, newsPRos, 201-493-1027,

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