AOL TW parks Bentley in D.C.

Sr. VP spent 10 years on Senate Judiciary Committee staff

WASHINGTON — AOL Time Warner’s Washington lobbying shop has landed Shawn Bentley, previously a top GOP intellectual property expert on Capitol Hill, as senior veep for domestic public policy.

Bentley spent 10 years on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff, most recently as the chief counsel and top adviser on intellectual property to chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). He was previously an associate at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, where he specialized in intellectual property and antitrust litigation.

Bentley will replace Elizabeth Frazee, who served as one of the company’s top Capitol Hill reps for more than five years. Frazee recently left the company to start a consulting business with AOL Time Warner as a client.

The company’s Washington operation has experienced a series of growing pains since the two media giants merged more than two years ago. Even before Bentley’s hire, industry insiders believed that the conglom’s lobbying shop had overcome some of its biggest hurdles and was running strong even as AOL Time Warner’s stock tumbled.

AOL Time Warner execs heralded Bentley’s hire.

“Shawn’s experience in the critical public policy area of intellectual property protection is vast and his accomplishments have been impressive,” Susan Brophy, AOL Time Warner’s top domestic lobbyist, said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased to be adding him to our team.”

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