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McNees acquires Harrisburg lobbying firm

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Members of The Winter Group joining McNees Wallace & Nurick, from left, are Natalie Cook, Peg Callahan-Kuskin and Angie Armbrust.
Members of The Winter Group joining McNees Wallace & Nurick, from left, are Natalie Cook, Peg Callahan-Kuskin and Angie Armbrust. - (Photo / )

Harrisburg-based McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, the midstate's largest law firm, has acquired a well-known lobbying firm, the firm's second purchase this year.

The law firm today said it bought The Winter Group in Harrisburg, six months after it purchased Harrisburg-based Capital Associates Inc. Terms of the deal, which closed Friday, were not disclosed.

The Winter Group was founded in 2005 by former lieutenant governor Mark Singel. It is now operating as McNees-Winter Group LLC. The firm provides services to clients in retail, hospitality, gaming, manufacturing, technology, energy, philanthropy and health care.

"The addition of The Winter Group and its outstanding portfolio of clients and relationships further enhances the depth and quality of McNees' government relations, lobbying, grassroots and nonprofit foundation representations in Pennsylvania and Ohio," said McNees Chairman David Kleppinger. "Our collective clients will be the primary beneficiaries as they will have access to 20 government relations and nonprofit professionals as well as our 130 attorneys resident in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland."

Three members of The Winter Group staff will remain with McNees. They are senior partner Peg Callahan-Kuskin, senior associate Angie Armbrust and associate Natalie Cook.

Singel has stepped down as president of the company, but he will continue as a consultant, according to McNees.

"I can't imagine a better fit than McNees Wallace & Nurick and The Winter Group," Singel said. "This new team is a solid group of professionals with the experience and contacts to provide a new level of service for all of our clients."

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