WASHINGTON (September 9, 2015) – Holland & Knight today announced that Michael Friedberg has joined the firm’s Transportation Industry Practice as a senior policy advisor. Mr. Friedberg most recently served as staff director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
His congressional experience also includes serving on the professional staff of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Previously, he held a staff position with the Office of Management and Budget.
Mr. Friedberg will focus on developing and implementing advocacy strategies for Holland & Knight’s transportation industry clients on a wide range of issues, including economic and safety regulation of railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials. He also will provide strategic advice to clients on developing support for infrastructure developments, especially with respect to public transit, and building and managing coalitions to advocate for increased passenger rail infrastructure funding.
“Mike’s understanding of the regulatory issues facing transportation companies, particularly the intricacies of safety legislation and regulation and their potential economic impact on the industry, is truly impressive,” said David Whitestone, chair of Holland & Knight’s Transportation Industry Practice. “This knowledge, combined with his experience on two key congressional committees and with the Office of Management and Budget, will be of enormous value to our clients.”
“Mike has a skill set that very few individual lobbyists possess,” noted Rich Gold, the leader of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. “His knowledge of the executive branch’s budget and regulatory processes, familiarity with the authorizing and appropriations committees in the House and expertise in the transportation industry is unmatched on the Hill.”
“Holland & Knight’s reputation in the transportation industry as well as the hallways of Congress is unrivaled,” said Mr. Friedberg. “I am honored to be joining such an outstanding group of lawyers and policy professionals and look forward to working with my new colleagues on creative advocacy strategies for the most critical transportation issues of today.”
Mr. Friedberg received a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.S. degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College. He earned a B.A. degree cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh.
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