Andrew H. Emerson is a Washington, D.C., attorney and member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Mr. Emerson's practice focuses on helping clients develop best-in-class advocacy organizations and compliance programs to ensure that they are positioned to effectively influence government regulation and to respond to oversight and enforcement activity by federal and state agencies – particularly with respect to environmental, health and safety issues in the transportation, manufacturing and housing sectors.

As a former congressional staff member and lobbyist, Mr. Emerson understands the importance of a comprehensive advocacy program. He has extensive experience establishing and advising lobbying coalitions, nonprofit advocacy groups, educational foundations and other organizations operating at the nexus between federal, state and local political and tax laws. He helps clients to coordinate, form and manage these groups in compliance with the regulations governing political activity and lobbying. Mr. Emerson's political law clients include individuals, corporations, trade associations, political action committees (PACs) and nonprofit entities.

When clients must comply with applicable regulation, either proactively or due to government enforcement, Mr. Emerson helps clients develop the necessary programs to ensure that they are able to successfully withstand scrutiny by government agencies. Mr. Emerson provides commentary on these issues for the firm's Political Law blog. Representative engagements include:

  • assisting a national insurance provider to develop and implement a comprehensive lobbying and political compliance program, ensuring the company's ongoing compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), House and Senate gift and travel rules, as well as related state and local laws
  • successfully represented an individual client subject to investigation by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), resulting in no enforcement action and development of an individual compliance plan to allow the client to continue to engage effectively in federal and state political activity
  • assisting in the representation of a senior staff member subject to investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and House Ethics Committees, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Mr. Emerson also has experience developing and implementing Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance programs for real estate, manufacturing and transportation clients, including the successful defense and resolution of EHS-related enforcement actions by government agencies. Representative engagements include:

  • successfully defending a client against dual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state enforcement actions alleging violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and federal and state Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); regulations, following an explosion and alleged spill of hazardous materials at a transportation terminal
  • developing and overseeing a comprehensive EHS compliance and auditing program for a transportation company following  a federal lawsuit and parallel EPA enforcement action, resulting in day-to-day oversight of the company's compliance with  the CWA; Clean Air Act (CAA); RCRA; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); and related state laws
  • conducting a portfolio-wide investigation and developing standardized operating procedures (SOPs) with respect to a multi-family housing client's compliance with regulations and best practices related to asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, radon, pesticides and other potential environmental hazards

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Emerson worked as a legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Charles F. Bass, R-N.H, and as a lobbyist representing clients engaged in higher education, the expansion of energy transmission infrastructure and the development of renewable energy technologies. During law school, he served as a judicial intern to Judge Sally Adkins of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Mr. Emerson also was a notes editor for the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and a Bryce Harlow Fellow for Public Policy Advocacy.

Mr. Emerson previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. In that capacity, he responded to natural disasters as a member of the New Hampshire National Guard and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts while deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010.


  • Enforcement: Successful defense and settlement of enforcement actions related to major Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations, stormwater violations, Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting, lead-based paint, asbestos, refrigerant and Clean Air Act violations
  • Compliance: Counseling and oversight of implementation of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance programs related to compliance with federal and state environmental laws, including those related to asbestos, lead-based paint, hazardous and universal waste, and air emissions
  • Transactions: Transactional representation and support for corporations and individuals, including representations and warranties (R&W) insurers, in a wide variety of corporate merger and acquisition transactions, as well as the sale of real estate, including the development and sale of contaminated properties, national real estate portfolios and multifamily housing developments on federal facilities
  • Nonprofit Formation: Incorporate, organize and provide ongoing counsel to multiple lobbying coalitions, trade associations, educational foundations and nonprofit advocacy groups engaged in the state and federal policy arena
  • PACs: Establish corporate and independent political action committees, including provision of governing documents and solicitation materials, and oversee all required reporting to federal and state election officials
  • Political Compliance Services: Provide comprehensive political law compliance services to political active corporations and high-net-worth individuals, including vetting of political contribution plans related to applicable state and federal limits, pay-to-play compliance, and lobbying laws


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • Goucher College, B.A., History and International Relations, with distinction
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • American Bar Association, Energy, Environment and Resources Section
  • City Year Washington, D.C., Associate Board, Vice Chair
  • Taste of the South, Executive Committee
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2017, 2018
  • Holland & Knight Emerging Leaders, 2019


Speaking Engagements