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Brian Rell Joins Balch & Bingham in Washington Former - Aderholt Chief of Staff to Lead Federal Public Policy & Government Relations Practice

Brian Rell | Balch & Bingham 
Balch & Bingham is pleased to announce the addition of Capitol Hill veteran Brian Rell to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Brian will lead Balch’s Federal Public Policy & Government Relations Practice in Washington beginning November 1, 2019.  

Brian joins Balch after serving U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt for eleven years as chief of staff. Aderholt, a senior member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, is the Dean of the Alabama Congressional Delegation and serving in his twelfth term representing the Fourth District of Alabama. 

While with Aderholt, Brian spearheaded critical legislation and funding initiatives through the appropriations subcommittees on Defense, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Commerce, Justice & Science, including NASA. Brian has successfully managed numerous legislative coalitions while in Washington, drawing upon experience from successful state and federal political campaigns. 

Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Brian managed state government affairs for McKenna, Long & Aldridge on behalf of Fortune 500 clients with issues before multiple state legislatures. He also served as a director at Metromedia Fiber Networks where he managed government relations for an S&P 100 company in their development of facilities-based fiber optic networks in the top 25 municipalities in the U.S. 

“We are proud of our long and distinguished history of representing our clients’ interests in matters of federal policy and are pleased that Brian has agreed to help us continue that legacy. Our clients will benefit from Brian’s insightful, strategic counsel and experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and policy makers drawn from his 26-years of public service.  I look forward to his leadership as he helps cultivate the future growth of the practice with the support of our attorneys and staff,” said Managing Partner Stan Blanton.

“Brian has worked alongside me since managing my first congressional campaign and I have valued his counsel since,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt. “While I am sad to see him go, I am happy that he has found a place at a first rate firm like Balch.”  
On joining the firm, Brian said, “I am truly grateful to have worked with Robert for these many years and the legislative accomplishments we have been able to achieve. I am excited to join Balch & Bingham given their footprint in Washington and state capitals. I am attracted to their collaborative culture and commitment to client service.”

A Washington, D.C. native, Brian graduated from The University of Mississippi and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism.

Balch & Bingham's Federal Public Policy & Government Relations Practice provides traditional lobbying advocacy, advice and counsel on matters before Congress, the Executive Branch, and various federal agencies, boards and commissions. Our team includes attorneys and veteran government relations professionals with decades of experience, both outside and within government.