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Michigan House Democratic Chief of Staff set to join Plunkett Cooney on Jan. 4


Kris Young, Chief of Staff to Michigan House of Representatives Democratic Leader Christine Greig, is set to join Plunkett Cooney on Jan. 4 as a client advisor in the firm’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group.

“We are honored to have Kris join our team,” said Government Relations Practice Group Leader and former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Tom Leonard. “Kris has experience at the highest levels of the Legislature, and he is highly respected on both sides of the aisle. Few have his ability to mesh the policy and politics together to get things done. He will be invaluable to Plunkett Cooney’s clients.”

According to Leonard, the addition of Young provides further depth to Plunkett Cooney’s government relations practice, particularly with lawmakers and other elected state, county and local officials affiliated with the Democratic Party. Young will work in the firm’s downtown Lansing office, which is located just blocks from the Michigan Capitol.

Young, who began working in Lansing in 2002 as a Legislative Aide to House Minority Leader Buzz Thomas, has built an extensive network that extends to both sides of the political aisle. He has also amassed an impressive track record of legislative accomplishments, including:

  • Public Act 392 of 2012 to create the Detroit Public Lighting Authority
  • Public Act 296 of 2010 to create the Art Institute Authorities Act
  • Public Act 4 of 2009 to update the Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act
  • Public Act 135 of 2007 to create the Prostate Cancer Income Tax Check-off
  • Public Act 339 of 2005 to update the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Act

In addition to his public-sector experience, Young previously worked for AT&T as the company’s External Affairs Director. While there, he developed legislative and local government relationships to support company initiatives, and he administered the company’s Michigan political action committee and corporate political contributions. Among his legislative accomplishments at AT&T are Public Act 365 of 2018, which created the Small Wireless Facilities Act and Public Act 366 of 2018, which updated the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.

Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group focuses on policy development, strategic collaboration, coalition and relationship building, legislation monitoring and bill tracking. The firm works with clients from across a spectrum of industries to develop creative and proactive solutions designed to meet the challenges of dealing with local, county and state government.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms, is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Kris Young joining Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;