KPA’s lobbying firm names new partner

Justin Clark

Top Shelf Lobby announced Thursday that Justin Clark is joining the firm as Partner, effective April 1, 2017.  Clark most recently served in the Administration of Governor Matt Bevin as General Counsel for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

Top Shelf Lobby, recognized by the Southern Political Report as the top lobbying firm in Kentucky, manages advocacy in Kentucky for some of the largest brands in the world, including healthcare organizations, trade associations including the Kentucky Press Association, and small business interests.

Before joining the Bevin Administration, Clark was a partner in the Louisville office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, one of Kentucky’s oldest and largest law firms.  His legal experience involved general and complex business litigation, insurance regulatory matters, healthcare litigation, construction law, antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, professional liability defense, and constitutional law.   Louisville Magazine named Clark as one of its “Top Lawyers” from 2012-2016, and Clark’s peers rated him as “preeminent,” ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence for his knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.  

“Top Shelf Lobby is excited to have Justin join our firm as partner,” said Top Shelf partner, Marc Wilson.  “His skill sets, his legal experience and knowledge of the process in state government is a tremendous asset that will help grow our firm to the next level.” 

Top Shelf partner Kevin Payton added, “Our firm has experienced tremendous growth over the last 24 months.  Having an expert with Justin’s talents join our team can only mean great things for our clients, our future clients, and is a sign of our commitment to being the leading lobbying firm in Kentucky.” 

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served in Governor Bevin’s Administration as part of his legal team,” said Clark.  “Top Shelf Lobby has a great reputation in state government, and I know first-hand how much legislators and executive branch leaders respect the firm and appreciate the constructive manner in which it engages with policymakers on behalf of its clients.  I’m looking forward to working with those valued clients and am excited to grow the firm.”  

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