November 7, 2013
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce that Louise Hilsen has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a senior advisor in the Government Relations and Public Policy practice group. Ms. Hilsen has more than 25 years of experience in legislative advocacy and strategy with particular experience in food safety, nutrition and wellness, supply chain and environment and emerging issues such as biotechnology and biofuels. With respect to international public policy, Ms. Hilsen is well versed in supply chain and responsible sourcing issues, as well as the non-communicable disease and advertising agendas that impact the food industry.
"Louise has tremendous public policy experience with industries that face increasing domestic and international regulatory hurdles,” said Lew Rose, managing partner of the firm’s D.C. office. “I can’t think of a better person to join our government relations team during its 50th anniversary of advocacy on behalf of our clients.”
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ms. Hilsen was the Vice President of Government Relations for Nestlé USA, where she ensured coordination of Nestlé’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across U.S. business units. Ms. Hilsen maintained an active portfolio on which she lobbied, with issues ranging from pension and labor issues, to environmental, trade and corporate governance issues. She has a deep understanding of issues that affect U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations.
Prior to her role at Nestlé, Ms. Hilsen worked for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives. She held a number of senior positions, including communications director, legislative director and chief of staff. In addition to experience on congressional and presidential campaigns, Ms. Hilsen served as Deputy Executive Director of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, also known as the Kerrey-Danforth Commission.
“I have worked with the attorneys and government relations professionals at Kelley Drye for a number of years, and am delighted to join a firm known for its strong regulatory knowledge and experience across a broad range of agencies and industries. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues across practice areas and advising Kelley Drye clients on matters that are close to my heart.” Ms. Hilsen said.
About Kelley Drye’s Government Relations and Public Policy Group
Kelley Drye’s bipartisan team of legislative advocates includes more than 25 government relations professionals with diverse legal and legislative backgrounds and significant credibility with decision-makers at all levels of the federal government. They work to advance clients’ interests as they strive to sustain market leadership, ensure a competitive business environment or achieve a specific policy objective. These professionals not only understand the intricacies of the legislative and executive branches individually, but also help clients navigate the delicate interplay between the two.