WASHINGTON: Two lobbying firms with offices in Washington, DC, will
merge this week to create one of the largest non-law-firm lobbying
operations in the nation's capital.
R. Duffy Wall & Associates and GPC International, both part of
Fleishman-Hillard, will join under the name FH/GPC.
Currently, R. Duffy Wall is based in DC, while GPC's US operation is
headquartered in Boston. R. Duffy Wall and GPC's DC offices will combine
operations at the former's DC location. Bill Brewster, R. Duffy Wall's
chairman, will take on a the same role at FH/GPC, and John Cahill, a GPC
SVP, will serve as vice chairman. Rob Mooney, COO for Fleishman's DC
office, will serve as interim COO of the new firm, which has about 30
As a result of the merger, GPC's offices in Boston and Providence, RI,
will be marketed under the FH/GPC brand. Paul O'Neill, formerly chairman
of GPC US, is now chairman of FH/GPC's operations in New England.