ATTORNEY AT LAW, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Washington, DC (2000-Present)
Successful tenure in one of the nation’s leading law firms, addressing complex legal, business, and policy challenges as a litigator and leader of cross-disciplinary
- Versatile advocate and practical problem-solver. Representative matters include:
- Represented high-tech firm in administrative negotiations with state tax and economic development
- Led successful team defense of Fortune 500 company in lengthy and sensitive Federal Trade Commission
- Assisted federal antitrust investigators in landmark unfair competition case related to capture of industry standards by a patent
MAJORITY LEADER, Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis, MD (2017-Present)
STATE DELEGATE, Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis, MD (2007-Present)
- Elected to represent one of the nation’s most educated and engaged communities in the state legislature. Deemed a “rising star in the legislature” by the Washington Post.
- Rapidly rose in seniority, serving as a Majority Leader of House’s 91
- Built relationships across the ideological and partisan spectrum in support of common-sense, good government reform in areas of tax expenditures and public administration.
- Exceled in explaining and defending complex legislative initiatives during floor debates, negotiating legislative language, and mastering complicated issues under pressure and on a short time
- Engaged in National Conference of State Legislatures; built extensive network of federal, state and local leaders across the S.
- Chair, Joint Audit Committee
- Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor, Cambridge, MA, (June 2000)
- Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
- Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts, Majors in History and Political Science, Evanston, IL (June 1997)
- Awarded the Illinois Lincoln Laureate, given to the university’s most outstanding graduate
- Elected Student Government Vice-President
- Named Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best Local Politician,” June 2016.
- Married to a successful business consultant; father to two “Fricklets,” ages 11 and 9.
Find out what the County Executive Candidates Think About the 9% Property Tax Hike »
Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: I support inclusive social policy and common sense economic policy. Local government should be targeted, effective & efficient.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: Our County is in an unhealthy spiral, gaining in poverty & needs as its tax base stagnates compared to our peers.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: I want to reorient our political culture & priorities. We can be an inclusive, progressive community AND enjoy a thriving economy.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: We must focus spending on the core functions of local government: education, transportation and public safety. Those are voters’ priorities.
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