December 7, 2016Press Release

Michael Best Strategies Adds Former Utah State Senator to Roster in Salt Lake City

Experienced legislator to establish new government relations presence in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 7, 2016) – Michael Best Strategies has added former Utah State Senator and Representative Ross I. Romero to the firm’s Salt Lake City office as a senior advisor focused on government relations matters and public policy in Utah and the western United States. Michael Best Strategies is the lobbying and regulatory-consulting arm of law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Romero will be responsible for advancing public policy and lobbying strategy on a wide variety of commercial litigation and government relations matters in the firm’s new Salt Lake City downtown office. He will assist the firm in identifying prospective clients in the region, advance the growth initiatives of the firm, counsel clients on federal policies affecting key industries and support Michael Best’s national government and public affairs work. 

“Ross has been an outstanding influencer on the legislative scene, particularly in Utah and the Salt Lake City region, for more than a decade now,” said Ted Kanavas, president of Michael Best Strategies. “He has a stellar reputation in national government and community relations as well as strong relationships in Utah and Washington, D.C. These factors will be essential as we grow our business in Salt Lake City and help shape public and regulatory policy to solve business problems.”

Romero began his public service career in the Utah House of Representatives, a position he held for two years until he was elected to the State Senate in 2006 and again in 2010. While in the Senate, he served as Senate Minority Whip and Senate Minority Leader and served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee of Revenue and Tax. During his time in office, Romero advocated for strong education policies, environmental issues, gender and LGBTQ equality and effective government practices. Since leaving office in 2014, Romero served as vice president in the Community Development Group for Zions Bank. In his new role at Michael Best Strategies, Romero will employ his vast government experience and roster of contacts to build and execute effective state legislative relations strategies for his clients and assist with prospecting new and existing relationships. 

“The addition of Ross to Michael Best Strategies underscores the importance of helping our clients plot a course through the changing regulatory and public policy environment,” said Rick Ensor, Michael Best’s office managing partner in Salt Lake City. “Ross’ abilities and talents will allow us to fully represent our clients and advocate for successful results. His grasp of the law-making process and strong business intelligence will be an asset to our firm’s national platform.”

“I hold the firm in the highest regard when it comes to its collaborative approach in understanding and confronting complex legislative and regulatory issues,” said Romero. “The national scope of its resources and client base, coupled with my ability to navigate between state and federal relationships, provides a unique opportunity to help shape public policy.”

Romero earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he served as associate editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah. Additionally, Romero serves or has been involved on several academic, community and professional boards, including the University of Utah Alumni Association, Utah Hospital Association, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

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