Michael Williams is a senior advisor in the firm’s Government Contracts and Government Relations and Public Policy practice groups.
Mike’s clients count on him to advance their business objectives on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. Alongside his colleagues, Mike creates and implements integrated strategies to achieve positive legislative and regulatory outcomes for clients. Mike’s experience includes comprehensive legislative, regulatory, grasstops, grassroots and public relations efforts on behalf of clients in the defense, appropriations, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, homeland security, foreign affairs, financial services and firearms arenas.
Having spent over 25 years on Capitol Hill, Mike has a deep understanding of the interplay between policy issues and politics. His vast bipartisan network of federal government contacts includes professional connections with Congressional members, Congressional staff, the Administration, and federal regulatory agencies, as well as other government and industry officials throughout the country.
Mike specializes in developing legislative strategies and building coalitions to advance common interests. He speaks annually to client boards and delegate groups regarding industry, legislative and political issues. He also assists clients in the establishment and management of Political Action Committees and their political giving plans. He previously served as the federal government affairs team representative on the ethics committee of a major international law firm.
Mike is not licensed to practice law.
Great Falls Little League Baseball, 2009–2014, McLean Virginia Babe Ruth Baseball, 2016, coach
Foundation to Eradicate Duchene Muscular Dystrophy Fundraising Committee, 2005–Present, member
Golf Digest National Course Rating Panel, 1995–Present, member
Foxvale Farms, Home Owners Association, 2001–2003, board member
University of Richmond, Class Alumni Committee, 2011–2012, 2017
Friends of Riverbend Park, 2016–2017, volunteer
St. Luke Catholic School, 2012–Present, volunteer
Numerous political campaigns, volunteer
Assisted a client in obtaining $18 million in “programmatic increases” in the Senate markup of the FY 2018 Defense Appropriations bill to promote the use of natural gas in military installations. The funds will be used to install and test innovative natural gas equipment at military installations to increase efficiency and reliability.
Successfully work with our team to include a provision in the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)that prohibits low bid contracting on aviation critical safety items, such as helicopter armor.
Secured language in the FY 2018 NDAA requiring the Department of Defense to produce a report on the procurement of military working dogs, including explosive detection and patrol dogs. The provision seeks to increase the number of domestic working dogs purchased and utilized by the Department of Defense.
Provides ongoing federal relations and procurement assistance to a major U.S. body and aircraft armor manufacturer. Helped secure defense budget programmatic increases and NDAA provisions to support client programs.
Assists trapping and fur industry groups in the development and implementation of education and outreach to policy makers to preserve trapping on federal lands.
Manages federal relations, political activities and coalition outreach for large animal welfare group. Successfully worked with Congress to insert language in the 2013 Farm Bill that relaxed onerous regulations on federally licensed dog breeders. Currently leading federal advocacy effort for the association to increase the number of domestic working dogs procured, trained, and deployed by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
Advises the federal affairs director and team of a large advocacy association regarding legislative, regulatory, political, and consumer relations developments impacting the firearms industry.
Manages the federal and industry relations outreach for a major U.S. firearms manufacturer that supports the creation and funding of small arms education programs. Monitors federal legislation, regulations and other executive actions affecting business, consumer and industry interests. Assist client with small arms export permit process.
Secured federal research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funding for a client to develop advanced body armor and weapons shields for the U.S. Navy.
Coordinates government contracts team political activities, including all political action committee (PAC) giving.
Assisted two clients in establishing political action committees and manages the giving and compliance of their PAC’s.
Assisted large security firm in interactions with the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement related to the management of detention facilities.
Assisting major insurance company who is seeking regulatory changes related to lender or forced-place insurance.
Coordinates federal advocacy campaign, including public relations, lobbying and grassroots, seeking flexibility in the USDA National School Lunch Program.
Assisting major U.S. developer seeking to build privatized military housing at Camp Humphreys Korea.
Former member of the Barnes & Thornburg PAC Board, which reviewed and approved political contributions and firm compliance with Federal Election Commission laws and regulations.
Former member of the Greenberg Traurig Political Contribution Committee, which reviewed and approved firm PAC contributions and political activities.
Served as the federal government affairs team representative to the Greenberg Traurig Commitment to Excellence Committee (CTE), which works to ensure that the firm preserves and enhances the core values and ethics crucial to its brand: integrity, quality, service, compliance and accountability.
Successfully developed and led a coalition effort of manufacturers seeking small business exemptions for manufacturers under major FDA legislation.
Acted as industry coalition representative and managed client activities related to passage of legislation protecting small arms manufacturers from frivolous 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 NDAA allowing an 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 U.S. 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 win an International Trade Administration anti-dumping case.