Ickes Named Chairman to Meyer Suozzi

, New York Law Journal

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Democrat political strategist Harold Ickes has been elected board chairman of Garden City-based Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. Ickes, a longtime firm member, will continue to serve as cochair of its labor and government relations groups and manage the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

Ickes served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1997. He was a director of Meyer Suozzi for 14 years before his White House tenure. He rejoined the firm in 1998.

He has been active for more than four decades as a political strategist. He was on Mayor Bill de Blasio's transition committee and served as an adviser to David Dinkins in his mayoral campaign and to Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns. Ickes is founder of lobbying firm Ickes & Enright Group.

As chairman of the firm's board, Ickes, 74, succeeds John Klein, 82, who is based in Garden City.

The 60-attorney firm also named member Barry Peek to co-lead its labor law practice, which represents local and national labor unions in areas such as health care, education, construction and transportation.

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