Michael Williams is a senior advisor in Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Government Relations and Public Policy practice groups.
Michael focuses on creating integrated strategies to assist clients in achieving positive legislative and regulatory outcomes. Michael has experience creating plans that involve comprehensive legislative, regulatory, grasstops, grassroots and public relations efforts. He assists clients in lobbying efforts in the defense, appropriations, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, homeland security, foreign affairs, financial services and firearms arenas.
With 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill, Michael has a deep understanding of the interplay between policy issues and politics. His vast bipartisan network of contacts within the federal government includes professional connections with Congressional members, Congressional staff, the Administration and governmental agencies.
Michael is not licensed to practice law.
Golf Digest National Course Rating Panel (1995-Present)
Foundation to Eradicate Duchene Muscular Dystrophy Fundraising Committee (2005-Present)
Men’s Golf Committee Member, Trump National Washington County Club, (2009-Present)
University of Richmond, Class Alumni Committee (2011-2012)
Muscular Sclerosis Society of Washington, D.C. (1992-1995)
Managed federal and industry relations for major US firearms manufacturer. Supported new start and funding requests for small arms programs. Monitored federal legislation, regulations and other executive actions affecting business, consumer and Second Amendment interests.
Assisted major insurance company who is seeking regulatory changes related to lender or forced-place insurance.
Managed the federal advocacy campaign, including public relations, lobbying and grassroots, seeking flexibility in the USDA National School Lunch Program.
Assisted a major US developer in seeking to build privatized military housing at Camp Humphreys Korea.
Assisted a major US body armor manufacturer with federal relations and procurement activities.
Successfully developed and led a coalition effort of manufacturers seeking small business exemptions for manufacturers under major FDA legislation.
Managed client activities related to passage of legislation protecting small arms manufacturers from law suits.
Assisted a large multi-national chemical company in obtaining a $128 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit to construct a new hyperpure polycrystalline silicon manufacturing facility.
Helped a large automotive equipment manufacturer obtain a $60 million DOE Advanced Technical Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive grant.
Assisted clients in navigating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process.
Obtained passage of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act allowing American small arms manufacturing client the ability to compete for small arms contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan and eliminating barriers to competition for small arms repair parts sold to the United States military.
Assisted numerous clients in obtaining funding for road, parks and recreation, research and other projects through the appropriations process.
Helped client in obtaining funding for DOD program to purchase biometric recognition devices.
Worked with secure printing company to recover a $20 million contract to provide security seals to the Transportation Safety Administration.
Assisted client in defeating legislation to impose unnecessary and costly airline fee ticketing disclosure requirements.
Worked with large consumer products manufacturer to obtain passage of duty suspension bills and in winning an International Trade Administration anti-dumping case.