Capitol Hill Veteran Ivan Zapien Joins Government Relations and Policy Advocacy Practice at Hogan Lovells

Washington, 13 November 2017 – International law firm Hogan Lovells announced today that Ivan Zapien has joined the firm's leading Government Relations and Policy Advocacy practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. Zapien combines over two decades of private sector and Capitol Hill experience as an accomplished legislative and administrative advocate on behalf of corporate organizations in the U.S. and Mexico.

"Ivan has earned a solid reputation on both sides of the aisle as a lawyer, executive, advocate, and leader with international and domestic experience in government affairs management and campaigns. With the procedural rules, policy traditions, and political norms of Washington changing quickly, clients are looking for someone to help them navigate these uncharted waters. Ivan's background and experience uniquely position him to address both existing challenges and new opportunities in this rapidly changing environment," said former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, Practice Area Leader for the Government Relations and Policy Advocacy group.

Added Alice Valder Curran, Government Regulatory Practice Group Leader, "Earlier this year, we made a strategic decision to invest in a new Strategic Communications group, led by Mark Irion, to enhance our abilities in the public policy arena through integrated communications advice. Ivan's addition combines a solid public policy background with public relations and corporate communications experience. He provides both our Government Relations and Strategic Communications teams with a solid foundation for future growth."

Zapien spent nearly a decade working for Walmart in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City, where he gained on-the-ground international management experience in government relations. Most recently he spent two years as Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Walmart in Mexico City in charge of government relations and public outreach in Mexico and Central America. He also spent eight years in the Walmart office in Washington, D.C., including five years managing the office as Vice President for Federal Government Relations.

In addition to his private sector experience, Zapien has significant Capitol Hill experience as a leader in the Democratic Caucus. He served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey until early 2008 and oversaw support for the senator's service as Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Co-chair of the Senate Hispanic Task Force. He also served as National Outreach Director of the House Democratic Caucus and as Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee.

"The team at Hogan Lovells understands that clients and stakeholders must navigate the parallel and intersecting paths of politics, process, and policy to be successful. I'm excited to join this talented group of policy advocates and look forward to helping clients capitalize on the opportunities of the current environment," said Zapien.

Zapien earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, his M.A. from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and his B.A. from the University of Arizona.

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