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Mac Bernstein, John Merrigan, Jessica Woolley and Stephanie Jebeyli Join Dentons Global Advisors

Industry Leaders Further Strengthen the Firm’s Burgeoning Government Relations Offering

Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2022 — Dentons Global Advisors, an elite multidisciplinary advisory firm, today announced the following appointments: Matthew (Mac) Bernstein and John Merrigan as partners, Jessica Woolley as associate partner, and Stephanie Jebeyli as director. All are based in Washington, D.C. and join from DLA Piper’s Federal Law and Policy practice group, where Mr. Bernstein was a partner and Mr. Merrigan served as co-chair.

“I am delighted to have Mac, John and their team join Dentons Global Advisors. This further strengthens our senior team as we continue to offer best-in-class solutions to those navigating turbulent geopolitical business conditions across the globe,” said Edward Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons Global Advisors. “I look forward to working with them as we continue building and integrating Dentons Global Advisors’ capabilities globally.”

“We have admired and worked for years with Ed Reilly, Joe Andrew, Elliott Portnoy and many others at Dentons and Dentons Global Advisors, and we are excited to be joining forces with a group of such highly respected professionals, policy experts, and longtime friends,” said Mr. Bernstein. “The caliber of the Dentons Global Advisors team, the unique connection with Dentons including its Public Policy Practice, as well as the opportunity to help build something truly distinctive in the marketplace is a major attraction for us.”

“Dentons Global Advisors’ integrated service model provides an opportunity to tackle client needs strategically and holistically,” added Mr. Merrigan. “This aligns perfectly with the focus of our team, and we look forward to contributing and helping drive the firm’s continued success.”

These are the latest high-profile hires in the firm’s rapidly growing U.S. Government Relations offering. Since its founding in January 2022 by a senior team of policy experts, Capitol Hill staff and campaign veterans, the practice has grown to 17 professionals.

“This outstanding group comes to us with decades of experience advising and advocating for clients on complex, high-stakes U.S. and global legal, regulatory, legislative and policy strategies,” said Shannon Brushe, partner at Dentons Global Advisors. “Mac, John, Jessica and Stephanie are powerful complements to our existing strengths and further position us to help clients navigate complex, high-stakes issues.”

These new additions bring broad experience in foreign affairs and multinational issues management, and will collaborate closely with experts from around Dentons Global Advisors’ international network.

Matthew (Mac) Bernstein

With three decades of experience as an attorney working at the intersection of business, law, regulation, and policy, Mr. Bernstein advises and represents business, public sector and nonprofit enterprises on high-stakes, complex strategies. He regularly designs and implements collaborative solutions with government stakeholders, builds public-private partnerships and executes multidisciplinary advocacy strategies on a wide range of issues. He works closely U.S. and foreign government policymakers and local communities on international policy, sustainable development and public international law matters, and he advises and represents clients before Congress and the executive branch on an array of policy issues and government investigations.

John Merrigan

Recognized by Chambers as a “veteran government relations practitioner lauded by peers for his rich experience,” Mr. Merrigan has an extensive track record representing clients in congressional and related investigations, and formulating and executing successful strategies to advance or protect clients’ interests. He served as co-chair of DLA Piper’s Federal Law and Policy practice group and for many years on the firm’s Policy Committee, building and managing the firm’s practice and counseling Fortune 100 corporations, domestic and foreign governments and other clients.

Jessica Woolley

Ms. Woolley advises clients on a diverse range of legislative and administrative policy issues, including foreign policy and development, international trade, climate innovation and resilience, and economic policy. With deep knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process and bipartisan experience, she helps clients pursue their policy priorities by building consensus and working across the aisle with members of both parties. Before moving to the private sector, Ms. Woolley worked for several years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Stephanie Jebeyli

Ms. Jebeyli represents clients on a broad range of issues before Congress and federal agencies, including foreign policy, cybersecurity, budget and appropriations, and antitrust matters. She works extensively on congressional and executive branch investigations. She has lived in the United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.

About Dentons Global Advisors

Dentons Global Advisors is an expert-led advisory firm that provides integrated solutions for clients in an increasingly complex, regulated and interconnected business environment. Comprising Albright Stonebridge Group and a deep bench of communications, public affairs, government relations and strategy consultants, we help clients engage with governments and regulatory bodies, navigate public disclosures and transactions within the private and capital markets, and manage their reputations through critical moments of change, challenge or opportunity. Our relationship with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, means clients can draw upon integrated legal expertise and strategic advisory services when and where they need them. To learn more, visit