Former senator Scott Brown said today he is joining the Boston law firm of Nixon Peabody, where he will focus on matters relating to the financial services industry and commercial real estate.
Brown, who lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren last year, will work out of the firm’s Boston office, according to a press release from Nixon Peabody. Though he will be leaning heavily on his Washington contacts to drum up business for the firm, he will not be a lobbyist, according to Nixon Peabody officials.
“During my time in politics, I never hesitated to reach across the aisle to work with members of any political party to secure a preferable outcome,” Brown said in the press release. “My approach is consistent with the way Nixon Peabody does business and I believe we can be successful together.”
The job allows Brown to begin cashing in on his contacts with the financial services industry, which he helped oversee in the Senate. He received hefty donations from the industry during his race last year against Warren.
Warren often accused of Brown defending the interests of Wall Street, a charged he denied. Notably, he voted for the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul that was opposed by most of the financial services industry, but he then worked behind the scenes to help loosen several key banking regulations.
The firm said Brown has a broad network of contacts and can offer a range of legal services.
“Scott’s ability to connect people with opportunities is an excellent fit with Nixon Peabody’s culture and strategic priorities,” said Andrew I. Glincher, the firm’s chief executive and managing partner. “Scott’s personality and entrepreneurial spirit will build strong relationships.”
Glincher said in an email to his staff that Brown was introduced to the firm by James Vallee, a lawyer in the Boston office who served with Brown in the state legislature.
The Globe reported in February that Brown was looking for jobs at law firms, where he would use his star power to attract clients.
“He would be very marketable to some law firms,” Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, told the Globe in February. “There is a possibility that a firm would entertain him on a short-term basis, more in a rainmaker kind of a capacity, and may be willing to tolerate his aspiration to seek higher office.”
Brown’s hiring at the firm comes several weeks after he signed a contract with Fox News to serve as a regular pundit and commentator. He has not said whether he will seek office again, although some Republicans hope he will run for governor in 2014.Michael Levenson can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.