Rick Stilgenbauer Joins Bianchi & Brandt to Launch Powerhouse Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice

Rick Stilgenbauer Joins Bianchi & Brandt to Launch Powerhouse Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice
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Leading Business and Cannabis Law Firm Hires Former Senior Advisor to Late John McCain as Managing Director of Public Policy, Expands Strategic and Innovative Services for Clients SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bianchi & Brandt announced today the hiring of Rick Stilgenbauer as Managing Director of Public Policy and Nico Pento as Senior Policy Advisor and Attorney. Stilgenbauer and his team will be leading the firm’s expansion into strategic policy work, offering a wider scope of services for Bianchi & Brandt’s clients. Stilgenbauer joins Bianchi & Brandt after years at a top-tier global law firm as a Senior Policy Advisor, where he leveraged thousands of professional relationships at the local, state, federal, and international levels to generate opportunities for effective engagement and deliver creative solutions to his clients’ complex business and policy needs. “Rick is the most effective political operative in Arizona, and we cannot wait to see his incredible work unfold at the firm. We know the governmental affairs group will thrive under his leadership,” said Justin Brandt, Founding Partner. Previously, Stilgenbauer was the Director of Arizona Operations and Outreach for Senator John McCain, where he developed Senator McCain’s state legislative priorities and acted as a liaison between congressional offices and campaign offices. Before his work with Senator McCain, Stilgenbauer served as Assistant Director in the Office of Federal Relations for the University of Arizona, as Project Director and Program Officer in the Congressional and Public Affairs Office of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stilgenbauer currently serves as a board member on the West Valley Defense Alliance, the Northern Arizona Military Affairs Council, Yuma50, and the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance. He skillfully advises the Mesa Industry and Defense Council, Mesa Financial Network, COVID-19 Consortium, and the eCommerce Industry Council as well. “I am…

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