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Kelley Cawthorne Establishes First Detroit Office to Serve Growing Client Roster

DETROITMay 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading Michigan Lobbying firm of Kelley Cawthorne is pleased to announce the establishment of its first Detroit office in the historic Fisher Building, it was announced today.

Kelley Cawthorne also announced that Dr.Oscar W. King, III, Past President of the Council of Baptist Pastors, will serve as director of the Detroit office. The firm serves numerous Detroit clients and is the only major Michigan lobbying firm with permanent offices in Detroitand Lansing.

"We are very excited to open this office to better serve our clients based in Metro Detroit," said Rob Elhenicky, a principal of the firm. "We are equally delighted to have someone with the unique skill set and personal character of Oscar King to manage our Detroitpractice. Oscar is well known in the Detroit area as a pastor, a businessman, and for his service to our clients as an of-counsel member of Kelley Cawthorne."

The firm's growing roster of metro Detroit area clients includes: DTE Energy, Wayne State University, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, DivDat, Karmanos Cancer Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History among others.

"Kelley Cawthorne is client-service focused so being closer to our Detroit-based clients is crucial," said King.  "The ability to meet with community leaders in their backyard is a tremendous advantage. We are also excited about the resurgence of this great city and look forward to bringing additional new businesses and staff here."

King, who also serves as Pastor of Northwest Unity Baptist Church, attended Harvard University. Dr. King is also an honorary Wayne County Deputy and is a member of The Detroit Athletic Club.   

Kelley Cawthorne, a multi-client firm, is consistently rated as one of Michigan's leading lobbying organizations, by Inside Michigan Politics and MIRS News as are many of its individual lobbyist including Dennis CawthorneDave LaddRob Elhenicky, and Melissa Yutzey.  Its highly diverse, ten (10) person lobbying team, broad client base, and campaign finance expertise ensures that it can open doors and drive change for its clients in Lansing and Detroit.

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SOURCE: Kelley Cawthorne.

Kelley Cawthorne names Melissa Yutzey Partner

LANSING, Mich., May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading Michigan Lobbying firm of Kelley Cawthorne announced today that Melissa Yutzey has been named a partner in the multi-client organization.

Ms. Yutzey, who has been with the firm since 2005, was named one of Michigan's top five (5) women lobbyists in surveys by both MIRS News and Inside Michigan Politics and one of the Top 10 overall in the state.

"We're thrilled to have Melissa become a partner in Kelley Cawthorne," said Rob Elhenicky, a principal of the firm. "She has truly earned this promotion. She is well known in the Capitol as a relentless fighter on behalf of our clients."

Ms. Yutzey specializes in Fire Safety and Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, Higher Education/Graduate Medical Education, Healthcare, Appropriations, Procurement and State Contracts, and PAC Development Strategy.

"I'm proud to join the leadership team at Kelley Cawthorne," says Ms. Yutzey. "Lansing lobbying is changing rapidly. I'm excited to help shape the firm's strategic direction in addition to providing client service."  

Ms. Yutzey is an experienced Lansing hand having worked for a Democratic House Speaker and two (2) Senate Democratic Leaders. She also served as Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs at Western Michigan University before joining the firm.

"Whether it's a roomful of firefighters – or legislators – Melissa has a commanding presence," says Elhenicky.  "That's why she's on the front lines of Kelley Cawthorne's toughest issues.  It's also why she's consistently recognized as one of Michigan's top (female) lobbyists."

Ms. Yutzey, a native of Grand Blanc, earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University's prestigious James Madison College.  

When Ms. Yutzey is not fighting for her clients in the Capitol, she is active in a host of volunteer activities including Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics in Michigan, where she serves as the event coordinator for the Legislative Polar Plunge, the only event of its kind in the nation. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Auction Committee for the Children's Trust Fund.

The well respected lobbying firm, which opened a Detroit office in 2015 headed by Dr. Oscar W. King III, has a growing roster of clients including: DTE Energy, Wayne State University, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, the Detroit Police and Firefighters Retirement System, the Michigan Professional Firefighters, and McLaren-Karmanos Cancer Center, among others.

Kelley Cawthorne is consistently rated as one of Michigan's leading lobbying organizations, by Inside Michigan Politics and MIRS News as are many of its individual lobbyists including Dennis Cawthorne, Dave Ladd, Rob Elhenicky, and Melissa Yutzey. It is the only statewide lobbying firm with offices in Lansing and Detroit. The bi-partisan firm was co-founded by former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley. It has a highly diverse nine (9) person lobbying team with the policy and advocacy expertise necessary to open doors and create value for its local, state and national clients. 

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SOURCE: Kelley Cawthorne.

Kelley Cawthorne Announces Hire of Public Affairs Veteran Jim Kirsch As Lobbyist

Lansing, Mich., May 1, 2017  - The leading Michigan multi-client lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne announced today that it has hired Lansing legislative and public affairs veteran Jim Kirsch as a lobbyist.

Kirsch, who has served as Vice-President of Government Affairs for AT&T Michigan since 2006, brings extensive knowledge of the Lansing and Washington, D.C. political landscapes for current and prospective Kelley Cawthorne clients, firm officials said today. Kirsch will officially join the firm on May 8.

Kirsch, who was named the No. 1 Most Effective Corporate Lobbyist in Michigan by MIRS News in 2015, will continue to work with AT&T, a long-time client of the firm. 

“Jim is a great addition to our already strong lobbying team,” said Dave Ladd, a principal of the firm. “Jim knows business, political, and community leaders throughout Michigan, and that’s especially important to us as we look to further expand our Detroit practice and implement our future growth plans.”

Kirsch also has extensive experience in the legislative arena, also having served from 1999 to 2006 in the Michigan State Senate as a Policy Analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for monitoring committee activity and advising Senators on legislative content. 

Kirsch, a native of Oak Park, is a summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He also holds a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in Denver, Colorado.

“I’m eager to join a firm with such a strong vision and strategic direction for its future,” Kirsch said. “As the political arena evolves in Lansing and beyond, I’m looking forward to creating value for the firm’s clients.”

A veteran of the United States Navy, Kirsch served overseas as a Military Policeman, training more than 200 patrol officers and guards in all phases of required standards of duty performance. During his time in the service, Mr. Kirsch also worked as a criminal investigator who assisted the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) and the Judge Advocate General (JAG) in various law enforcement capacities.

Kirsch serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the University Club of MSU Membership Committee.  He also was the recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal for his service during Operation: Desert Storm. Kirsch also appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in an uncredited role when the movie was filming on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Kirsch currently resides in Holt with Angie, his wife of 20 years, and daughter Kennedy, 12.

Kelley Cawthorne is consistently rated as one of Michigan’s leading lobbying organizations by Inside Michigan Politics and MIRS News, as are many of its individual lobbyists. It is the only statewide lobbying firm with dedicated offices in Lansing and Detroit.  Its highly diverse lobbying team has the policy and advocacy expertise necessary to create value in the public policy arena for clients such as AT&T, The Christman Company, DTE Energy, Michigan Special Olympics, Deloitte Consulting, Ford Motors, McLaren Health Care, Wal-Mart, and Wayne State University, among others. 

The bi-partisan firm was co-founded by former Michigan Democratic Attorney General Frank Kelley and former Michigan Republican House Leader Dennis Cawthorne. Its current principals are Rob Elhenicky, David Gregory, Dave Ladd, and Melissa McKinley.

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SOURCE: Kelley Cawthorne.