Michael Best Strategies expands NC presence

Michael Best Strategies principal Anna Scott Marsh

RALEIGH — Michael Best Strategies is expanding its government relations team ahead of the legislature’s full-time return. New hires Kari Barsness and Anna Scott Marsh have joined the team as principals to provide a broader base of support for government relations clients.

The team is led by two-term Lt. Gov. and senior advisor Dan Forest, who said of the new additions, “We are committed to building a team to expand influence in key government sectors for the benefit of Michael Best clients. Kari and Anna Scott are strong additions who will advance our client’s interests and initiatives among decision makers in Raleigh.”

Forest joined Michael Best Strategies in September 2022.

With more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations, Kari Barsness will employ her bipartisan relationships to advise Michael Best clients on how best to achieve their objectives in key industry sectors including healthcare, environment and natural resources, and education.

In addition to leveraging her experience in North Carolina politics and fundraising to help clients achieve their objectives, Anna Scott Marsh will bring her expertise across a broad range of sectors including agriculture, food and beverage, environment, healthcare, tax, technology, law enforcement, and local governments. Marsh is a graduate of East Carolina University.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our government relations practice in North Carolina,” said Michael Best’s North Carolina Managing Partner, Andy Jones. “Both of these women bring outstanding experience and industry expertise that will translate into results for our clients.  We are pleased to expand our ability to solve problems and create value for our clients in North Carolina through this bipartisan, full-service government relations team.”

Michael Best is a national full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals. Michael Best Strategies also employs Reince Priebus, who served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and was former President Donald Trump’s first chief of staff.