John Doherty
John Doherty

KP Public Affairs has acquired Doherty Law Group, a top California lobbying shop.

John Doherty, former CEO for the Civil Justice Assn. of California, and chief of staff for the state’s Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, will join Public Policy Holding Company's KP unit in Sacramento.

Michael Burns, managing partner of KP, said the addition of Doherty continues his firm’s commitment to “provide the highest-level policy and political services to our clients.”

Burns had headed Burson-Marsteller’s PA practice in Chicago and southern California.

KP, which was launched in 1996, advises clients in areas such as healthcare, privacy, artificial intelligence, energy, finance, insurance, emergency services, land use and water.

Washington-based PPHC acquired KP in 2022. It was PPHC’s first acquisition as a listed company which trades on the London Stock Exchange.

PPHC is the parent company of Crossroads Strategies, Forbes Tate Partners, Seven Letter, O'Neill & Assocs., Alpine Group Partners, MultiState Assocs. and Concordant Advisory.