Former Raleigh City Councilman Philip Isley, a Republican, is the new lobbyist for N.C. Advocates for Justice - a trial lawyers group largely associated with Democrats.
Isley, a 43-year-old attorney, represented northwest Raleigh on the City Council for eight years before opting not to seek re-election in 2009.
He's a partner with Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley - a firm on Hillsborough Street - working on litigation and regulatory and local governmental issues.
"I’m excited to start lobbying," Isley said. "I think I can help them out with my relationships at the General Assembly. Partisan issues really don’t come into play with me right now."
Isley graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University in 1989, and earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1992.