WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - King & Spalding announced today that Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., the former Maryland governor (2002-2006) and U.S. congressman (1994-2002), is joining its Washington, D.C., office. Gov. Ehrlich will serve as a senior counsel in the firm's government advocacy and public policy practice, which advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government.

"Bob Ehrlich brings to King & Spalding incomparable insight and connections at the busy intersection of business and politics," said Wick Sollers, managing partner of King & Spalding's Washington office. "I've known Bob for many years, and he is a natural leader and consummate team player. He is an outstanding addition to our already top-ranked government advocacy and public policy team, and we are delighted to welcome him to our firm."

Gov. Ehrlich is joining King & Spalding from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he was a founder of that firm's Baltimore office.

Before becoming Maryland's first Republican governor in more than 36 years, Ehrlich represented Maryland's Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to serving as a House deputy whip for six years, he was a member of numerous committees, including the Budget, Energy and Commerce, Government Reform and Oversight, and Banking and Financial Services Committees. He also served as co-chair of the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus. Prior to being elected to Congress, Ehrlich was a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly.

Gov. Ehrlich received his law degree from Wake Forest School of Law and practiced law in Baltimore before entering the political arena. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

"I am excited to join Wick and his team," commented Ehrlich. "King & Spalding has added a number of very talented lawyers and practice groups to the Washington office in the past few years, and I am pleased to be part of such a dynamic firm. I particularly look forward to helping grow the firm's government advocacy and public policy practice." 

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