William R. Nordwind


Will Nordwind is co-chair of Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs Group. A 15-year veteran of Capitol Hill, with in-house legal, government relations, and crisis communications experience, Will focuses his practice on government relations and congressional investigations. These are often high-profile matters at the intersection of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and overlap with state attorney general investigations or suits. In addition, Will analyzes public policy and political developments with respect to clients' commercial objectives and designs government relations strategies aimed at aligning such developments and objectives. Will also helps corporate, trade association, and industry-specific coalitions to develop and implement government relations strategies.

A former Venable partner for 11 years, Will rejoined the firm in 2020 after serving as associate general counsel and executive director of federal government affairs at a pharmaceutical company. In that capacity, he advocated on behalf of the company before Congress, and provided strategic counsel on legal and policy issues for interrelated government investigations, congressional investigations, state attorneys general suits, and other civil litigation.

During his initial tenure at Venable, Will was co-chair of the Legislative and Government Affairs Group. In this role, Will advocated before Congress in support of client interests, drafted legislation, and prepared client witness testimony for legislative and investigative congressional hearings.

Prior to joining the private sector, Will worked closely with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) in a variety of roles, including as counsel and policy coordinator to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Will advised then-chairman Upton and Subcommittee members on all aspects of telecommunications and Internet policy and briefed them on relevant issues. He coordinated all of the Subcommittee's hearings, legislative activities, and oversight of federal agencies within its jurisdiction. In addition to negotiating legislation with House, Senate, and White House officials on the chairman’s behalf, Will also drafted the chairman's legislation and amendments, statements, witness questions for hearings, speeches, press releases, and op-eds. Furthermore, Will served as counsel to Rep. Upton, when Rep. Upton was chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Will now draws upon his decade of government experience when shaping legal and policy solutions for his clients.


Government Experience

  • Legislative Director and Counsel, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Legislative Director and Counsel, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
  • Counsel and Policy Coordinator, United States House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee




  • J.D. George Washington University Law School 1996
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame 1989
  • Varsity Crew Team Member

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland