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.