Samuel C. Brown is a Washington, D.C., attorney who advises clients on the unique political law issues associated with doing business with public sector entities or engaging in government affairs campaigns.

Mr. Brown counsels multinational corporations, banks and asset managers on placement agent regulations, lobbying laws, gifts and entertainment rules, revolving door restrictions, campaign finance laws, and issues relating to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state Public Records Acts. Mr. Brown has significant experience with state and federal pay-to-play laws, including regimes that apply to investment advisers, third-party placement agents, swap dealers and firms engaged in municipal securities or municipal advisory activities.

In addition, Mr. Brown  counsels individuals appointed to Executive Branch positions on federal conflict-of-interest, security clearance and financial disclosure requirements. He regularly advises clients on issues related to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), municipal advisor regulations, anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) legislation, and state and local contracting issues. He also advises a range of financial services companies on compliance with anti-money laundering requirements, including recent beneficial ownership rules.

Previously, Mr. Brown served as counsel to Commissioner Ellen Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), where he played a key role in formulating the Commission's response to the Citizens United decision, among other developments.

Prior to joining the FEC, Mr. Brown gained extensive experience in helping clients develop compliance regimes for state and local pay-to-play laws, including through a secondment to a major financial services company.


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Lewis & Clark College, B.A., magna cum laude
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  • District of Columbia
  • New York
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