Husch Blackwell Strategies Expands to Denver as Axiom Politics Becomes HBS Colorado

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (December 13, 2021) – Husch Blackwell Strategies (HBS) continues to expand its national reach with a presence now in Colorado – adding to its current national footprint of state capital offices in Arizona, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin and a federal practice group in Washington, D.C. Today’s announcement comes as Colorado’s premier lobbying firm in Denver, Axiom Politics, becomes HBS Colorado.

“This merger of the trusted team at Axiom Politics represents exactly how we want to expand, by partnering with great people who are the best in the business,” said HBS Chairman Andy Blunt. “I can’t think of a better way to end a considerable growth year for our firm than with the addition of Micki Hackenberger’s top-notch team in Denver.”

The new HBS office will be led by Micki Hackenberger, one of Colorado’s top lobbyists with an impressive record as president of Axiom Politics and a decades-long career as a policy analyst, lobbyist, consultant, and corporate executive. Micki’s team of skilled advocates at Axiom now becomes a part of the national HBS team and includes:

Erin Goff. Erin has extensive legal and legislative experience in housing, real estate, land use, urban renewal, condemnation, annexation, criminal and civil justice, public finance, and municipal law. She earlier served as the Senior Staff Attorney and Legislative Director for the Colorado Municipal League where she advocated municipal policy positions before the state legislature and administrative agencies.

Lisa LaBriola. Lisa earlier served as Policy Director, Deputy Chief of Staff, and, more recently, as Chief of Staff for both the Colorado State Senate President Leroy Garcia and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman. During her time working in the state legislature, Lisa worked to successfully pass the hospital provider fee, create a medication assistant treatment pilot program to combat the opioid epidemic, and worked on multiple state budgets.

and Tamara Mohamed. Tamara earlier served as Director of Community Relations at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and was charged with running the Government Affairs, Education and Energy program and Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has also been an organizational trainer for the past seven years – creating successful diversity, equity and inclusion programs. 

Micki added, ““We are thrilled to join the HBS team and believe that the firm’s reach, credibility and commitment to clients aligns with our team’s values and will ensure a seamless transition as we navigate this merger. We are excited for what the future holds, and believe this merger is a continued step forward in ensuring our clients realize continued success in this state.”

With Colorado, HBS now has offices in seven state capitals and Washington, DC. In the last twelve months the firm opened new offices in Phoenix and Denver; brought on eleven new professionals; added two new service lines – strategic communications and campaign resources services; and launched an affiliated national public engagement firm, HBS+.

HBS CEO Gregg Hartley noted, “Our clients are seeing the results of our strategic approach to expanding the breadth and depth of services which are available to them via the professional advocates at HBS and the public policy centers where we engage. We anticipate2022 will bring even more growth for the firm with more opportunities for our clients.”