The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) plans to retain one of the most reputable law firms in the country to handle its government relations work.

ARVC’s Public Affairs Committee, which reviewed the proposals, gave unanimous support of the recommendation on Wednesday (March 23) to retain the Washington, D.C., law firm of McDermott Will & Emery after concluding an extensive two-month RFP process that generated several proposals from government affairs firms across the country, according to a news release.

“The committee was impressed with both the depth and caliber of the proposals we received. But after reviewing each of the proposals, McDermott Will & Emery clearly stood out as the firm that would best meet ARVC’s needs,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO.

McDermott Will & Emery will replace McLean, Va.-based King & Gorin, which has worked as ARVC’s government affairs lobbyist for the past decade. “On behalf of ARVC, I want to thank Aubrey King and David Gorin for their dedication and many years of service. They will be missed on many levels, “ said Bambei.

Bambei said McDermott Will & Emery, which is both an established lobby and legal concern with deep research and analytical resources, will begin working for ARVC on May 1. Its initial assignments will include assessment of key national issues affecting ARVC and the outdoor hospitality industry, as well as strategically re-establishing a National Issues Conference involving key face-to-face meetings between ARVC members and their elected officials on the Hill.

Additionally, because of its six-office reach throughout the U.S., the firm will be asked to closely monitor and assist ARVC in assessing the many state issues that affect the association.

Initially founded as a tax practice in Chicago in 1934, McDermott Will & Emery has grown to become the 33rd largest law firm in the world, with more than 1,000 lawyers in the United States and Europe. Its client base includes more than 82% of Fortune 100 firms and 33% of the Forbes 100 Largest Private Companies. The firm has been recognized as a leader in 25 practice areas. Its specialties include environmental law, government strategies, labor and employment, employee benefits and pensions, corporate law, antitrust and competition, safety and health, as well as state and local tax issues. More information about the firm is available at www.mwe.com.