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Posted at 4:54 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Neil Albert joins law firm as public policy adviser

By Jonathan O'Connell

Neil Albert, who served as city administrator under Mayor Adrian Fenty, has found a home in the private sector. He will join the law firm Holland & Knight as a senior public policy adviser beginning Feb. 28.

Before becoming city administrator, Albert was Fenty's deputy mayor for planning and economic development, managing the city's public-private real estate deals. At Holland & Knight, he will advise clients on "a wide variety of issues including, obviously, real estate development," he said, particularly transactions and public-private projects in the District and neighboring jurisdictions.

"It's a combination," he said in an interview. "To the extent that I can help advance projects, I will do that ... and then there are areas of opportunity that will open up with my coming on board, particularly in the area of projects that involve other municipalities."

Rod Woodson, a Holland & Knight partner who often represents companies doing business with the D.C. government, said he wasn't sure which clients Albert would be serving but that his reputation and experience working for the city made him an attractive hire.

"He was in my view the clear star of the Fenty administration," Woodson said, "and he is universally well-regarded in the business community, and that high regard is because of his fairness, his even-handedness, his depth of knowledge of development and business issues, and his ability to administer and manage one of the most difficult organizations in the country, and that's the District government."

Albert is not an attorney and does not plan to register as a lobbyist in the city, so he probably will not be testifying before the D.C. Council. After serving under a mayor who was widely unpopular among members of the council, Albert has his share of battle scars from oversight hearings.

"I enjoyed every minute of it," he said.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | February 18, 2011; 4:54 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Employees, Mayor Fenty  
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