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The Bernstein Shur Group Adds Cote, Reinholt to Strategic Consulting Team


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The Bernstein Shur Group Adds Cote, Reinholt to Strategic Consulting Team

The Bernstein Shur Group, the public affairs and government relations subsidiary of the law firm Bernstein Shur, is expanding its strategic consulting team in Maine. 

The firm announced today that campaign and public relations strategists James Cote and Lizzy Reinholt are joining the practice.

“James and Lizzy are seasoned professionals who have demonstrated their abilities in tough, statewide elections and in the State House,” said David Farmer, managing director of The Bernstein Shur Group. “They have extensive political and government relations experience and will increase the capacity of the talented team we have throughout northern New England.”

Cote joins The Bernstein Shur Group as a campaign consultant and lobbyist who will work closely with Katherine Knox, who leads Bernstein Shur’s Legislative and Political Law practice group.

He brings with him years of experience leading campaigns and working in government and public relations on a variety of issues. Most recently, he successfully led this year’s No on Question 1 campaign to defeat a citizen’s initiative that attempted to undermine Maine’s bear management program. Previously Cote worked as president & CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine and director of government relations and communications for the Maine Forest Products Council.

In 2012, Cote was the lead consultant for the Maine Senate Republicans, and in 2006 he managed the gubernatorial campaign for Peter Mills.

Reinholt joins The Bernstein Shur Group as a senior project manager after serving as director of communications for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s groundbreaking 2014 campaign for governor.

Prior to that, she served as the communications director for the Maine Democratic Party and played a pivotal role in helping Democrats recapture majorities in both the State House of Representatives and State Senate in 2012.

Reinholt brings with her extensive experience in statewide candidate and issue campaigns, coalition development and management, and media relations. She will primarily focus on public affairs, strategic communications, crisis management and media training, and political strategy consulting.

Cote and Reinholt will join veteran political strategists David Farmer, who is managing director of the practice; New Hampshire State Director Jim Merrill; Vermont State Director Dennise Casey; Jeremy Payne, senior project manager; and Andrea Nadeau, project manager.

The Bernstein Shur Group formally formed with offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in 2013 as a multi-state, public relations and strategic consulting subsidiary of Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms.