Dave Owens advises clients on federal and state campaign finance, election laws, gifts and ethics rules, pay-to-play laws, lobbying registration and disclosure, and general legal and regulatory compliance. Dave assists for-profit and nonprofit clients with state and federal political committee formation and registration, advising on local, state, and federal time-sensitive campaign finance reporting requirements and vetting political contributions. In addition, he frequently counsels clients on state and federal lobbying registration and disclosure, and gift restrictions.
Prior to joining Venable, Dave served as regulatory counsel and ethics officer at a leading Washington, DC area state and local government affairs firm. While earning his law degree, Dave was a law clerk at the Federal Election Commission in Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly's office and was a Voter Protection Research Fellow at the Democratic National Committee.