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June 3, 2016

Vrge Adds DOJ Vet Emily Pierce to Lead Engagements on Legal, Antitrust and Homeland Security Matters

Justice Department veteran Emily Pierce is joining the Vrge team

We live in an era of unprecedented technological, social, economic and political disruption. We founded Vrge a year ago to help clients navigate the politics of this disruption – whether it’s new rules for the sharing economy, the tug of war between technology innovators and regulators, or the looming antitrust battles that will define business success.

What sets Vrge apart is our expertise and know-how in this area. This is why we are thrilled to announce that Justice Department veteran Emily Pierce is joining the Vrge team. Emily has been on the front lines of the bitter legal and policy disputes that are defining this era of disruption.

At Justice, Emily advised Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch as well as senior department leaders on media strategy and engagement. She was also responsible for communicating DOJ’s actions and policy positions to the press. She brings fresh insight and perspective on navigating policy, lawsuits, and other law enforcement actions from her role in managing Justice’s strategic communications on encryption and surveillance; financial fraud; mergers and antitrust violations; and criminal justice reform.

Before she joined DOJ, Emily spent nearly two decades as a journalist covering Washington, giving her an intimate understanding not just of how the levers of power are flipped, but also of the journalists who cover them. With 17 years as a reporter and editor at Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly, Emily covered nearly every major political and policy fight – from cap and trade and the debt limit crisis to Obamacare and the 2008 financial industry bailout.

Emily also has firsthand experience with the concept – and the reality – of disruption. Over the past decade, legacy newspapers have seen their business change under their feet as news gathering and reporting have been transformed by social media and new business models. Many of the most venerated news organizations have struggled to keep pace, but those that have adapted to such things as search engine optimization and “social lift” have fared better.

“Change leads to conflict, whether it’s government action, lawsuits or policy fights.” Emily said. “I’ve spent my career watching how these conflicts are fought and won, and I look forward to using that insight to advise clients on how to navigate the political and policy thicket. That is what Vrge does best, and I’m proud to lend my perspectives and experience to this stellar team.”

Emily can be reached at emily@vrge.us.

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