February 09, 2017

Venable Alumni Serve in New Administration and Senate Post

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Washington, DC (February 9, 2017) – Venable LLP is pleased to confirm that two of its attorneys from the Legislative and Government Affairs Practice joined the Trump administration. Andrew Olmem has joined the White House National Economic Council as a Deputy to the Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn and Special Assistant to the President for Financial Policy. Daris Meeks was named Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of Domestic Policy for Vice President Mike Pence. Meeks previously worked for Vice President Pence when he chaired the House Republican Conference. In addition to those two federal positions, Kevin Turner was named Chief of Staff to Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).

"The administration is hiring seasoned professionals who have a lot of relevant experience and knowledge, and Venable’s alumni and partners have a long history and tradition of dedicating themselves to public service when called upon," said Larry Norton, chairman of Venable's Government Division. "Andrew, Daris and Kevin will be trusted and experienced advisors on a range of policies impacting the lives of every American. While we'll miss them and all they have contributed to the firm, we wish them the best of luck."

Venable's Government Division consists of a bipartisan team that includes a former U.S. Senator of Arkansas, a former U.S. Congressman of Michigan, a former Secretary of Transportation, a former NHTSA Administrator, a former member of the White House National Security Council, a former Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a former Deputy and Acting General Counsel for the U.S. Treasury, a former General Counsel for the Federal Election Commission, a former Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budge, as well as several veteran Capitol Hill and Executive Branch legislative staffers and policy advisors from both sides of the aisle.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With over 600 attorneys in nine offices across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines.