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March 12, 2013

Brown takes job with law firm

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Brown is prohibited by federal rules from lobbying for two years after leaving the Senate, but told reporters he didn’t plan on doing any of that at Nixon Peabody, saying he would help clients navigate the “jungle of Washington politics and letting them know maybe a better way, or a different way, of doing things.”

Brown won a special election in January 2010 to fill the seat of the late Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, but was defeated in November by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. His relationship with the financial services industry became a key point of contention during the last campaign.

Brown cast a key vote in favor of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill in 2010, but was later accused by Warren and other Democrats of working behind the scenes to weaken the law. That led some critics to deride him as Wall Street’s “favorite senator.”

Among Nixon Peabody’s clients in 2012 was Goldman Sachs, which paid the firm $140,000 for lobbying services, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Brown received financial support from members of Nixon Peabody during his failed re-election campaign. Nine attorneys and partners contributed a total of $3,750 to Brown’s campaign during the 2011-2012 election cycle.

The firm has about 700 attorneys in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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