Trimpa Moves to Hogan and Hartson

UPDATE: You know you’re a political powerhouse when your press release for changing jobs includes a quote from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who may very well be Barack Obama’s Vice President. Full press release after the jump.

Political heavyweight Ted Trimpa is leaving his longtime law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt and Farber to take a position with Hogan & Hartson. Trimpa is one of the key political players and lobbyists in Colorado, with a growing national reputation, and his move could change the balance of power on several levels.

Trimpa, as most Pols readers are aware, is one of the most powerful political figures in Colorado and a top advisor to gazillionaire Tim Gill, among others. His influence is growing throughout the country, and moving to Hogan & Hartson – a firm with a more national presence – gives him national political opportunities that may not have been available with Brownstein.

Trimpa’s move also bolsters the reputation of Hogan & Hartson, the former home of Tom Strickland, as the top political firm in Colorado. Governor Bill Ritter worked at Hogan after he left the Denver District Attorney’s office, prior to taking a leave of absence to run for Governor full time. Cole Finegan, former Denver City Attorney and Chief of Staff to Mayor John Hickenlooper, is also one of the top people at Hogan.

But to political observers, it is Trimpa’s move that is the most interesting. Trimpa pulls many of the strings that get big money into particular races throughout the state and country, and moving to a firm with a stronger national presence will only increase his reach. The question now becomes: Just how far does that reach extend?

Political Veteran Broadens Hogan & Hartson’s Government Relations Practice

DENVER, July 29, 2008 – Hogan & Hartson LLP announced today that nationally prominent attorney and public affairs leader Ted J. Trimpa has joined the firm’s government relations practice. Trimpa will work out of the firm’s office in Denver, Colorado.

Trimpa’s practice will build on his successes for clients throughout the country in the areas of public policy and political strategy. He will also handle legislative matters on behalf of Hogan & Hartson clients before the Colorado General Assembly and legislatures throughout the country.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Trimpa was a partner with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck where he was a member of the government relations group. There he was responsible for matters before the Colorado General Assembly and helped orchestrate the successful passage of several public initiatives, including major social policy changes and landmark reforms to state fiscal policy.

In addition, Trimpa is a sought-after advocate resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multistate political and nonprofit landscape. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, The Advocate, and The Weekly Standard for his central role in designing cutting edge public policy strategies.

“Joining the Hogan & Hartson team, known around the world for its excellence and innovation on behalf of its clients, is very exciting for me,” Trimpa said. “I’m eager to work closely with our team throughout the country to expand Hogan & Hartson’s Colorado and national roles.”

“Ted’s depth of knowledge is second to none in Colorado and the West,” said Cole Finegan, Managing Partner of Hogan & Hartson’s Denver office. “Ted is widely known in Colorado and nationally as a substantive and energetic contributor to everything he touches. We look forward to adding his talent to our firm.”

“Ted Trimpa has been a critical player not only in Colorado but around the country in improving the quality and the substance of public policy,” said Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, most recent past Chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association. “With his creative and incisive mind and his ability to find innovative solutions to tough problems, he has earned the respect of Governors, Attorneys General, state legislators, and other public officials in nearly every corner of the United States.”

Trimpa received both his law degree and his B.A. from the University of Denver. In 2006 and 2007, Trimpa was named one of The Best Lawyers in America.

About Hogan & Hartson

Hogan & Hartson is an international law firm founded in Washington, D.C. with more than 1,100 lawyers in 25 offices worldwide.

Hogan & Hartson has offices in Abu Dhabi, Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Boulder, Brussels, Caracas, Colorado Springs, Denver, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Philadelphia, Shanghai, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RedGreen says:

    Don’t forget another political powerhouse practicing at H&H, Scott McInnis.

  2. Jambalaya says:

    …..what other “big money” stings does…pull.  I’ve never heard him associated with anyone else but Gill.  

  3. coloradopolitics80 says:

    Not very far to answer your question. OVER RATED!

  4. RedGreen says:

    fresh for the move, or an old endorsement?

  5. Jambalaya says:

    …a fine line in politics, I guess

      • Jambalaya says:

        …get it, a “trick” question!  ‘cuz Pols brought up a “pimp” and then I followed with the “whore.”

        Sexual business aside, I don’t have the slighted idea what you’re talking about, sweetie.  I do remember a sage bumper sticker informing me that “If you’re not pissed off, you haven’t been paying attention.”  Nonetheless, I’ve ignored that wisdom and have maintained my flawlessly cheery disposition at all times.

  6. Ray Springfield says:

    all over the world. Oil and Gas, trade, national security, and defense contracts are some areas that I would bet off hand they advise on.

    It makes me wonder:does a man change the system, or does the system change the man?  

  7. Ralphie says:

    Is it freezing in hell or something?

  8. Disinterested17 says:


  9. coloradopolitics80 says:

    Shaping public policy by lobbying for Wal-Mart, Tobacco etc..  

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