By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
The government relations arm of Balch & Bingham is gaining a heavy hitter in its Washington, D.C. office.
Brian Rell, who has worked as Congressman Robert Aderholt’s chief of staff for 11 years, will join the Balch team on Nov. 1.
Rell has managed Aderholt’s responsibilities on the House Appropriations Committee, including leadership roles in Defense, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Commerce, Justice & Science (NASA). That knowledge and experience is extremely valuable for those needing to navigate the very complicated, insular appropriations process.
Stan Blanton, Managing Partner of Balch & Bingham’s Federal Public Policy and Government Relations office, spoke of that value Rell would bring to the firm.
“We are proud of our long and distinguished history of representing our clients’ interests in matters of federal policy and are pleased that Brian has agreed to help us continue that legacy. Our clients will benefit from Brian’s insightful, strategic counsel and experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and policy makers drawn from his 26-years of public service. I look forward to his leadership as he helps cultivate the future growth of the practice with the support of our attorneys and staff,” Blanton said.
Aderholt said he was sorry to see his longtime staffer go, but happy for his professional success.
“Brian has worked alongside me since managing my first congressional campaign and I have valued his counsel since,” Aderholt said. “While I am sad to see him go, I am happy that he has found a place at a first-rate firm like Balch.”
On joining the firm, Rell said, “I am truly grateful to have worked with Robert for these many years and the legislative accomplishments we have been able to achieve. I am excited to join Balch & Bingham given their footprint in Washington and state capitals. I am attracted to their collaborative culture and commitment to client service.”
A Washington, D.C. native, Brian graduated from The University of Mississippi and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism.