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Lobbying firms BKSH & Associates and Timmons & Company announce merger

5 October, 2009

Washington, DC — Prominent DC lobbying firms, BKSH & Associates Worldwide and Timmons and Company, announced today that they will merge to form Prime Policy Group ( With a 34 year history in the corporate counsel and public policy business, these two premier government relations firms come together to create a single leading bi-partisan firm that will offer a team-oriented approach to strategic thinking and execution, built on a distinguished record of delivering results for clients – in Washington and around the globe.

Prime Policy Group leadership includes Chairman, Charlie Black, President and CEO, Scott Pastrick, Vice Chairman, Larry Harlow, and Executive Vice President, Marty Paone (see bios attached).

R. Scott Pastrick, President and CEO of Prime commented, “This is an exciting time for us as a firm. Bringing together these two talented, bipartisan teams means expanding our service offerings to our clients. Having strategic counselors that provide key intelligence, trusted advice and effective advocacy can provide a decisive competitive edge for business and private-public entities. This new configuration makes us a logical, primary choice for clients when they are seeking strategic counsel or representation.”
Larry Harlow, Vice Chairman of Prime said of the merge, "The foundation for every professional and personal relationship is trust and integrity. And throughout America, success is based upon accepting the challenges of hard work. All the women and men associated with Timmons and Company and all my many friends at BKSH embody these qualities on every level and meet those challenges daily. Our clients know it, officials in government know it; and even those with whom we’ve been on the other side of issues know it. Our dynamic new firm will continue to reflect these high standards. We all are excited to enter into this new partnership and look forward to many years of continued success."

The founding partners of both firms, Charlie Black and William E. Timmons, Sr., are seen as giants in the government relations and public policy industry – they were among the first to pioneer the full service, bi-partisan lobbying firm model, that is now the industry standard. BKSH & Associates and Timmons and Company are trusted names in representing interests in Washington and around the world. Prime Policy Group will carry the integrity, stellar reputation and track record of results that have been a hallmark of both the BKSH and Timmons’ brands.

The name Prime Policy Group was inspired by the pioneer nature of Timmons and Black when they started the firms in 1975 and 1980 respectively. It also speaks to the mission of the firm in treating client interests as a primary focus of their business.

Both BKSH & Associates and Timmons and Company are WPP owned firms. Prime Policy Group is a subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations company with 42 offices worldwide.

Howard Paster, former Timmons and Company Senior Partner and current Executive Vice President of WPP, the worldwide parent company for Prime Policy Group, said “This merger will align some of Washington's most expert political and policy professionals around the enhancement of strategic counsel and the execution of corporate advocacy. Prime Policy Group will seamlessly redefine the landscape bringing integrated services to private and public clients worldwide.”

R. Scott Pastrick

Bryce L. Harlow

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