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Christopher T. Cushing

A Managing Director, Federal Strategies Team

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
chris.cushing@nelsonmullins.com

Chris Cushing, based in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Washington, DC, office has 30 years of experience in government, politics, and corporate public policy issues , and is an experienced political advisor and strategist, having served in leadership positions on winning presidential campaigns on three continents.

 

Chris Cushing, based in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Washington, DC, office has 30 years of experience in government, politics, and corporate public policy issues , and is an experienced political advisor and strategist, having served in leadership positions on winning presidential campaigns on three continents.

 

Chris Cushing, based in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Washington, DC, office has 30 years of experience in government, politics, and corporate public policy issues , and is an experienced political advisor and strategist, having served in leadership positions on winning presidential campaigns on three continents.

 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Represents clients in transactions and investments in which there is an interaction among political, business, regulatory, and legal environments
  • Clients include multinational corporations, banks and financial institutions, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, major industry associations, and domestic and foreign start-up ventures
  • Represents sovereign governments, heads of state, and opposition candidates worldwide
  • Practice includes assisting government and business clients in public issues and political risk management, strategy development, and legislative and regulatory counseling for defense and homeland security, economic development, financial services, healthcare policy, international trade, public/private partnerships, renewable energy, tax policy, and state and local government issues
  • Has lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Institute of Management & Administration, the Public Forum Institute, and is a speaker in the United States and abroad. Topics include:
    • “What Your Board of Directors Must Know About a Crisis Management Plan,” examining the development of an effective crisis management plan, including anticipating and preparing for a crisis and handling communication and public relations issues
    • “Proper Influence: Responsible Federal, State and Local Lobbying,” focusing on best practices for effective and ethical lobbying. 

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner, WolfBlock Public Strategies, LLC (2005 –2009)
  • Founder, President, The Commonwealth Group, a multistate government relations firm (1988 – 2005)
  • Principal Advisor to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1986 – 1988)
  • Former Director of Government Relations, Boston Capital Corporation, a leading real estate financing and investment firm (1984 – 1986)

Education

  • Bowdoin College, BA, Government and Legal Studies; Economics (1984)

Areas of Focus

Industries

  • National Conference of Republican County Officials
  • Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Florida
  • National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics
  • Chairman, The University Club of Washington, DC International Committee
  • The George Town Club
  • The Loudon Fairfax Hunt
  • Masters of Foxhounds Association
  • Arizona State Society
  • Florida State Society
  • Government Relations Advisor, "The Bridge," airing on ABC/WJLA-TV, Washington, DC.
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