Press Release
June 24, 2024

Veteran Lobbyist Michael Warner Joins Holland & Knight as It Expands State and Local Government Advocacy Services into Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (June 24, 2024) – Holland & Knight welcomes Michael Warner as a senior policy advisor in the Public Policy & Regulation Group in Austin, Texas. Mr. Warner brings more than 25 years of government affairs experience at the state, local and federal levels of government. Most recently, Mr. Warner was the leader of Spencer Fane's Texas Governmental Affairs Group. Mr. Warner will lead and grow Holland & Knight's newly created Texas Government Advocacy Team.

Mr. Warner's work involves consistently leveraging knowledge of the political process along with building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. This includes crafting policies at all levels of government on a number of issues, including the protection of natural resources, insurance, affordable housing and a variety of business issues. Additionally, Mr. Warner spent time working for several legislators, a member of Congress and a former governor of Texas.

Locally, Mr. Warner is a past chair of the Water and Wastewater Commission for the City of Austin, and formerly a commissioner on the Electric Utility Commission for the City of Austin.

"We are thrilled to have Mike, who is respected on both sides of the aisle, leading the expansion of our state and local government advocacy coverage into Texas. It has been a longstanding goal of the firm to have a vibrant public policy team in Texas in addition to our existing teams in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Colorado," said Karen Walker, leader of Holland & Knight's Government Section. "Mike has substantive knowledge of many key areas that impact our clients, and his arrival this summer means he can start working on their legislative priorities for next session."

"Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group is one of the largest and most celebrated in Washington, D.C., and its law practice has been growing quite rapidly in Texas," said Mr. Warner. "I am eager to lead the firm's charge into Texas and build a policy practice that gets results for a diverse array of clients."

Mr. Warner earned a J.D. degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and a B.A. degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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