Haber set to leave Fleishman for the ATLA's top position

WASHINGTON: One of the industry's most active Democratic strategists is leaving to lead one of the party's most controversial interest groups.

WASHINGTON: One of the industry's most active Democratic strategists is leaving to lead one of the party's most controversial interest groups.

Fleishman-Hillard senior partner Jon Haber will become the new CEO for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) on February 14. The 60,000-member organization advocates for the interests of trial lawyers, who have been heavily targeted as anti-business in recent years for spearheading often lucrative class-action lawsuits.

Haber has been with Fleishman for seven years, working largely in its public affairs and corporate practices. He is also the veteran of five presidential campaigns, most recently as chief of staff for Howard Dean's failed bid.

He said the change was spurred by a desire to advocate for "a real fundamental American right."

"People use neutral words like 'tort reform' to suggest that juries can't be trusted to make their own decisions," he said. "This is an important public policy discussion."

It is unclear whether Fleishman has plans to replace Haber.

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