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Ice Miller Welcomes Joe Heaton as Senior Director of Public Affairs Ice Miller Welcomes Joe Heaton as Senior Director of Public Affairs

Ice Miller Welcomes Joe Heaton as Senior Director of Public Affairs

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Heaton to its Public Affairs Team as a senior director of public affairs. He will be based in Washington, D.C. Heaton is an experienced, government affairs professional with significant experience working for food and beverage and cannabis clients before the federal government as well as several statehouses. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Heaton served as the executive director of government affairs for Forian Inc. (NASDAQ:FORA), a software solutions, proprietary data and predictive analytics business for healthcare, cannabis and governmental entities. He also served as the senior director of federal affairs of the Beer Institute. 

“The broad expertise and extensive relationships across industries Joe brings to our team enhances not only our ability to serve our current clients, but positions us for continued growth on a federal and state level,” said Ice Miller public affairs practice group chair Lawren Mills.  

He also has represented beer producing and importing businesses in the U.S. on behalf of a national trade association as well as significant federal and state legislative and policy experience, having worked for both U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-OH), the Lead Republican of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and member of the House Armed Services Committee and former U.S. Representative Jon Runyan (R-NJ).

“Joe’s professional background and ability to solve complex problems will not only be an incredible asset to our team but also to our Firm’s culture,” said Ice Miller principal Tim Day who is based in the Firm’s Ohio and Washington D.C. offices. “As we grow our presence in the alcoholic beverage, cannabis, tax, defense and life sciences sectors, among others, Joe’s ability to provide strategic counsel and achieve results for our clients will be a significant addition to Ice Miller.”  

Heaton has a J.D from Penn State Law where he was the articles editor of the Journal of American Arbitration. He has a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio where he majored in diplomacy and foreign affairs and was the recipient of the W.A. Driscoll and Earl L. Reeder Scholarships.

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