Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster named NIADA’s New Legislative Counsel
ARLINGTON, Texas (Jan. 25, 2012) – Ohio-based law firm Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster LLP has been named Legislative/Regulatory/Compliance Counsel for the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, NIADA chief executive officer Michael Linn announced.
The firm, based in New Albany, Ohio, led by former two-term Ohio Attorney General and State Senator, Betty Montgomery, will add additional expertise to NIADA’s legislative and regulatory efforts in DC to stay ahead of issues affecting the association and its approximately 18,000 members.
“Adding Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster to the efforts of Federal Advocates, NIADA’s lobbing firm on Capitol Hill, will round out our strategy to work more closely with key federal regulatory agencies,” said Linn. “Staying ahead of rapidly expanding agencies like the CFPB (Consumer Finance Protection Bureau) will be much easier as Betty and her team engages key relationships with their former colleagues at key federal agencies like the CFPB and the FTC.”
The Hon. Betty Montgomery said, “Dealers and business leaders are still watching how the CFPB, Attorneys General and the FTC will work together under new guidelines and how they will affect their businesses in an age of expanding government. Our team is well versed in working with regulators across agency lines to protect the interests of small businesses and we are honored to work with the NIADA more closely to bridge the gap between auto dealers and federal regulators.”
Additionally, advising NIADA on compliance updates and changes in government regulations to the automotive industry at Mac Murray, Petersen & Shuster will also be three former Ohio assistant attorneys general. Shaun Petersen, Michele Shuster, and Helen Mac Murray all served as chiefs of the Ohio Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section and together have more than thirty years of experience managing consumer protection initiatives and assisting businesses to comply with these programs.
Shaun Petersen’s extensive work representing auto dealers in Ohio through the Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association gives him a deep understanding of dealer operations and concerns. Petersen will act as NIADA’s lead Counsel from the firm. The firm also has an array of additional automotive related clients.
The firm begins their duties with the Association on February 1, 2012.
The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (niada.com) has represented the used motor vehicle industry since 1946. NIADA assists its members in becoming more successful and is the industry’s legislative representative for protecting dealer and consumer interests. The association consistently generates valuable industry education and information, along with services and benefits designed to prepare members for an ever-changing marketplace. As a consumer-friendly association, automotive consumer information can be found at autoconsumer.tv.