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Former Michigan Senate Deputy Chief of Staff joins firm’s government affairs group


Peter J. Langley, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof, recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a senior attorney in the firm’s Lansing office.

A member of the Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group, Langley also assists clients as a member of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources Group.

“We are excited to add Pete to our growing team,” said Government Relations Practice Group Leader and former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Tom Leonard. “His strong reputation and experience at the highest levels of the Legislature and as an executive director for the American Petroleum Institute make him an invaluable resource to our clients.”

Langley’s public- and private-sector background includes consulting, business development and planning, contract management, strategic planning, government relations, advocacy and lobbying, coalition and public-policy development, and legislation drafting.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Langley served as President of Strategic Policy Solutions, a full-service government relations and advocacy firm, specializing in energy, healthcare and regulatory issues. Langley also previously served as executive director of the American Petroleum Institute of Michigan where he represented some of the world’s largest energy producers. While there, he developed coalitions to move forward large infrastructure projects and energy priorities in the state.

In addition to his government relations and public policy expertise, Langley assists clients in the areas of environmental and energy law, regulatory compliance and related matters. He received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007 and his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in 1997.

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 in numerous industries to develop creative and proactive solutions designed to meet the challenges of dealing with local, county and state government.

Plunkett Cooney has also been a decade’s long partner in the effort to provide traditional energy sources and to develop and bring to market sources of alternative and renewable energy. Members of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources Law Group include attorneys with specific expertise in transactional and government-related areas of practice. These services include contract negotiation, employment law, business litigation, energy regulatory compliance, environmental matters, governmental relations, finance and many others.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney 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 Peter Langley 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;