Overview

Rachel Provencher is a Washington, D.C., attorney and a member of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Provencher focuses her practice on political law and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Provencher regularly advises clients on lobbying registration and disclosure, state and federal campaign finance, gifts and ethics rules, procurement and pay-to-play laws, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and post-employment restrictions for former public employees. Ms. Provencher works with businesses, law firms, advocacy groups, charities, associations and political organizations on issues ranging from general counsel matters to finding creative solutions in political law for clients to meet their goals of influencing public policy and elections.

In addition, Ms. Provencher frequently advises tax-exempt organizations on all aspects of nonprofit law and tax exemption. Ms. Provencher counsels clients on structuring tax-exempt entities, obtaining exemption from federal income tax and complex issues pertaining to federal tax requirements, as well as good governance and other best practices for running tax-exempt organizations. 

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Provencher worked at a national law firm in its Washington, D.C., office, as well as at a boutique political law firm in Washington, D.C.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Provencher served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, where she completed a detail in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

During law school, Ms. Provencher served as the articles editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. Prior to entering law school, she was a corps member with Teach For America and taught middle and high school students in the Bronx borough of New York.

Credentials

Education
  • William & Mary Law School, J.D.
  • Fordham University, M.S., Teaching
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Washington, D.C. Administrative/Regulatory Law Ones to Watch, 2023
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020, 2021
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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