Served as General Counsel to Biden for President (2007-08) and Clark for President (2003-04) with responsibility for all legal matters relating to the campaign, including: campaign finance and government ethics laws; non-profit formation and governance; campaign contracts, agreements, leases and other commercial arrangements involving consultants, vendors, landlords, event sites and financial institutions; application of intellectual property, employment and tax laws to the campaign and its activities; and overseeing the post-election wind-up, including mandatory Federal Election Commission audit, of campaign affairs.
Effectively represented a cabinet member and several ambassadors seeking Senate confirmation, providing them with legal advice in regards to the vetting process and background investigation, financial disclosure, resolving financial conflicts of interest, separation agreements, responding to White House, agency and/or Senate committee inquiries (formal and informal), and preparing the nominee for his/her Senate confirmation hearing.
Represented nationally-known U.S. Senators on campaign finance and government ethics law matters. This included conducting regular ethics review sessions for Senate staff and campaign staff.
Prepared corporate executives of various companies for grand jury and congressional testimony, as well as government interviews and depositions in connection with enforcement and other investigative proceedings.
Counseled corporate and campaign committee clients on document production in response to government subpoenas and other investigative inquiries.
Conducted an extensive internal investigation for a healthcare company concerning potentially illegal political contributions made by its former executives, preparing a report to the company’s board of directors, representing the company in a voluntary disclosure made to the U.S. Government (Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission) and negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Government to resolve the company’s legal exposure.
Obtained dismissal of charges against a federal employee accused of violating the Hatch Act and related agency policies in proceedings before the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Inspector General of the employee’s agency.
Represents one of America’s leading financial institutions when it makes loans and offers other financial services to political organizations, preparing documentation, negotiating terms and advising on application of campaign finance law.
Advised a financial institution and a private equity firm in adapting internal compliance programs for SEC and MSRB political activity rules.
Conducted an internal audit (including recommendations) of a national trade association with a large federal affairs program and PAC for compliance with federal campaign finance, lobbying and gift/gratuity laws.
Prepared clients for GAO audits conducted pursuant to the Honest Leadership & Open Government Act’s lobbyist reporting and documentation requirements.
Led large legal team assembled by Fortune 500 company on $1.2 billion bid to acquire and privatize government asset (US Enrichment Corporation).
Prepared training materials and conducted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) training sessions on site for clients, including a U.S. exporter of technology and munitions and a multinational energy company.
Prepared training materials and conducted training sessions for official staff and campaign staff of two U.S. Senators in order to promote compliance with federal campaign finance law and Senate ethics rules.
Developed comprehensive political law compliance policies and procedures for a major U.S. pharmaceutical company.
Assisted a large commercial air carrier in developing and implementing gift/gratuity policies and procedures relating to government officials (U.S. and foreign).
Represented clients who had discovered serious misreporting and/or mismanagement of PAC or campaign committee funds, identifying the source of the problem and recommending corrective action.
Represented private entities and individuals in connection with Office of Congressional Ethics investigations into possible misconduct by Members of Congress.
Represented corporate, trade association, campaign and PAC clients in Federal Election Commission enforcement matters.
Assisted Members of Congress, congressional staff and executive branch officials prepare financial disclosure statements.
Represented executive branch official in settlement with U.S. Department of Justice for failure to properly disclose stock options found to pose a financial conflict of interest with the official’s government duties.