Rachel Provencher

Associate
Provencher Rachel

Rachel Provencher focuses on political law and nonprofit organizations, with particular experience advising clients on lobbying registration and disclosure, state and federal campaign finance, gifts and ethics rules, procurement, pay-to-play laws, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and post-employment restrictions for former public employees.  Rachel regularly works with businesses, law firms, advocacy groups, charities, associations, and political organizations on issues ranging from general counsel matters such as drafting contracts to finding creative solutions in political law for clients to meet their goals of influencing public policy and elections. 

Prior to joining Venable, Rachel served as a presidential management fellow at the United States Department of Education, during which she completed a detail in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission.  While there, Rachel worked on enforcement matters and an advisory opinion in response to an issue of first impression under the Federal Election Campaign Act, in addition to matters related to the Freedom of Information Act.

Prior to earning her law degree, Rachel was a corps member with Teach For America and taught middle and high school students in the Bronx, New York.  

Experience

Government Experience

  • Presidential Management Fellow, Federal Election Commission
  • Presidential Management Fellow, United States Department of Education

Representative Matters

  • Advises one of nation’s 50 largest law firms regarding state and local lobbying compliance, gift rules, pay-to-play laws, and partnership contributions
  • Counsels a charitable organization on meeting advocacy objectives in accordance with federal tax laws and in compliance with state and federal lobbying laws 
  • Serves on a team to represent candidates for U.S. Congress and potential presidential candidates, offering counsel in areas of federal election laws, House and Senate Ethics Rules, and contract preparation 
  • Provides guidance to a major gun safety advocacy organization, including advising on political activities compliance nationwide on the state and local levels 
  • Submitted an amicus curiae brief as co-counsel to the Indiana Supreme Court on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance discussing truck safety and regulations

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. William & Mary School of Law 2013
  • Articles Editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal
  • M.S. Teaching Fordham University 2010
  • B.A. College Honors Program, Political Science College of the Holy Cross 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Submitted an amicus curiae brief as co-counsel to the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of a group of parents to help demonstrate why plaintiffs had standing to challenge a law that harms New Jersey students