March 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Catania returns to law firm
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David Catania has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Former D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), who lost his race in November to become the city’s first openly gay mayor, has joined the Washington office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig.

A spokesperson for the firm said Catania began work on Monday as a shareholder, or partner, with the firm and will focus his practice on health care, finance and revenue and governmental operations.

Catania served as an “of counsel” attorney for the firm in 2013 while also serving as a Council member.

“Greenberg Traurig is committed to growing locally, nationally, and internationally, and that is why we’re so pleased to welcome David Catania back to our Washington, D.C. office,” said Laura Klaus, co-managing shareholder of the firm’s D.C. office.

“Having worked for the betterment of the District and its business community, David has had his finger on the pulse of health care issues of critical concern,” Klaus said.

Catania has been credited with waging one of the first truly competitive general election campaigns for D.C. mayor as a non-Democrat in a city with an overwhelmingly Democratic electorate. But despite predictions by some political pundits that the city’s Democratic dominated electoral dynamic was about to change, Catania lost to fellow Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) by a margin of 54 percent to 35 percent.

Former Council member Carol Schwartz, who also ran as an independent, finished a distant third with 7 percent of the vote.

During his 17-year tenure on the D.C. Council, Catania served at various times as chair of the Council’s Committees on Education, Health, Public Services, and Local and Regional Affairs.

Since his Council seat was also up for election last November Catania had to give up the seat to run for mayor. His term on the Council ended Jan. 1.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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