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:
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:
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.
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