Steptoe & Johnson has hired Adie Olson as a partner in the firm’s government affairs and public policy group in Chicago.
Olson, who joins Steptoe from Quarles & Brady, represents corporations on issues related to ethics, campaign finance, compliance with local, state, and federal pay-to-play rules.
Most of her clients are in highly regulated industries like energy, insurance, and pharmaceuticals, according to the firm.
Olson, who has spent the bulk of her career at Quarles & Brady, said she had been looking for a law firm to grow her political law practice.
Though she is based in Chicago, Olson will work closely with lawyers in Steptoe’s Washington headquarters. Staying in the Midwest was the right fit for her family, but also allows her to reach some clients more easily, she said.
“It made a lot of sense to work with a firm that had deeper roots in D.C. and had a government affairs practice as extensive as Steptoe’s,” Olson said. “It made a lot of sense to move to that platform and meld my practice with Steptoe’s existing compliance team.”
Also joining Olson in the move from Quarles & Brady is associate Jennifer Jackson.
Olson’s practice covers federal matters as well as all 50 states. She represents her clients as both national and regional counsel, advising them on matters ranging from lobbying registration, forming political action committees (PACs), political contributions, public records disclosure, and related enforcement actions.
She also performs internal corporate audits of company PACs, corporate government affairs policies and lobbying efforts.
Outside of her law firm work, Olson serves as a board member of Legal Action of Wisconsin, a pro bono legal services organization, and on the global advisory board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.
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