Hall Booth Adds Towery To Build Government Team's Reach
Firm wants to expand connections around Southeast and in Washington
Political operative and pundit Matt Towery has moved to Hall Booth Smith's government affairs practice, for its state and regional focus from a more nationally oriented practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Towery joined Hall Booth as of counsel and as a managing director in the 15-person government affairs practice, which has expanded rapidly in the past few years as the firm transformed itself from an insurance defense firm to one with a more general business practice serving the entire state.
Towery, a Republican, will continue to run Insider Advantage, a polling and market research company, and serve as a political analyst for Fox 5 News while heading a partnership formed to manage his family's investments. Insider Advantage publishes James Magazine, Insider Advantage Georgia and, from Washington, the Southern Political Report. Towery also writes a weekly column distributed by Creators Syndicate.
"I've almost always kept my affiliation with a law firm while I ran Insider Advantage," said Towery, who took a hiatus from McKenna, which was then Long Aldridge & Norman, in 1997 to launch it. He rejoined McKenna in 2008.
Towery said McKenna's government affairs practice has grown from its early days rooted in Georgia to become national and global, which makes Hall Booth a better fit. "I want to help Hall Booth expand its Georgia and Southeastern presence with the goal of becoming more national down the road," Towery said.
"I think McKenna is a world-class law firm, but I couldn't do the national-type work they need and concentrate on my own business."
Brad Carver, head of Hall Booth's government affairs practice, said the firm recruited Towery to expand the practice from its Georgia roots to the Southeast, specifically Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.
"He takes us to another level," Carver said. "Matt can help us in those three states and in Washington," he said, noting that Hall Booth does not have a Washington office.
Hall Booth Smith has seven Georgia offices, plus outposts in North Palm Beach, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., and the Republic of Georgia.
Carver made a move like Towery's when he joined Hall Booth in 2006 from Alston & Bird, bringing a team of lawyers handling government affairs, energy and environmental law as the firm broadened beyond insurance defense.