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The Bockorny Group is a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm specializing in a wide range of public policy areas with long standing relationships within the White House and on Capitol Hill. We represent a diverse client base of major trade associations and Fortune 100 companies throughout the country.
For over 20 years, the firm has weathered significant shifts in political party control as well as in ideology. In each instance, we look to adapt strategically while representing business needs with an adherence to the highest ethical and professional standards. Our vast amount of experience enables us to tailor a customized political and policy oriented strategy. This strategy can be the key to defeating a regulatory challenge or, in other cases, winning a legislative provision central to a company's bottom line. Our record of accomplishment, client testimonials and media recognition speak for itself. The firm is one of the best when corporations or trade associations are in need of navigating legislative and regulatory terrain.
When evaluating other firms, it is our distinct set of service lines that set us apart from others. The Bockorny Group offers coalition management with convincing results, expertise in executive and legislative branch relations and political outreach to fit all business models.
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July 11, 2014: Bockorny Group Appoints Ashleigh de la Torre as Principal of the firm.
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Washington, D.C., July 11, 2014 - Ashleigh de la Torre, formerly the lead lobbyist for Bombardier, has recently joined The Bockorny Group as a principal of the firm. She will become Managing Director of Transportation, Environment and Energy Policy, while also serving as the firm's chief Senate GOP liaison.
"Ashleigh brings her dynamic personality and extensive knowledge of transportation policy and the congressional process, enhancing our ability to promote the interests of our clients," said Dave Bockorny, the firm's Chairman and CEO.
As director of government affairs for Bombardier, De la Torre advised the Montreal-based aerospace and locomotive manufacturer on U.S. tax policy, budget and appropriations issues, driving the company's outreach on both sides of Capitol Hill.
Prior to Bombardier, De la Torre served as director of legislative affairs for the National Business Aviation Association, promoting the priorities of NBAA's more than 10,000 member companies. She also served as director of legislative affairs for Airports Council International - North America, overseeing the association's legislative advocacy work on behalf of airports across the U.S. and Canada.
Ashleigh began her career on Capitol Hill in 1997, serving as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), where she covered a broad range of issues including transportation, energy, homeland security, immigration, and environmental issues.
Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas, as well as a Master's in public administration from the George Washington University.
July 11, 2014: Bockorny Group Appoints Jason Scism as Principal of the firm.
Washington, D.C., July 11, 2014 - Jason Scism, formerly the lead lobbyist for Blackberry, has recently joined The Bockorny Group as a principal of the firm.
"Jason has had a long distinguished career with more than 16 years of legislative, trade association, and corporate experience" said David Bockorny, Chairman and CEO of the Bockorny Group.
As Senior Director for Government Relations with Blackberry, Scism concentrated his efforts on reforming the patent system and blunting technological mandates. He was intimately involved in the passage of the America Invents Act, ensuring that the device maker's top priorities were included in the final legislation.
Scism served on the staff of Congressman Darrell Issa for over five years as Counsel and Legislative Director, as well as Counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. While serving the Congressman, he handled all issues before the Judiciary Committee - including patent and copyright reform, tort reform, antitrust proceedings, and net neutrality, among many others.
"Jason is a consummate professional whose policy expertise and strategic acumen are widely respected in and around Washington. We are excited to welcome him to the firm." added Bockorny.
Before working for Congressman Issa, Mr. Scism was senior lobbyist for the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) during reauthorization of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act, and also served as a congressional liaison on the staff of Federal Communications Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science with high honors from the University of Florida, and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
May 6, 2013: Bockorny Group Appoints Pete Lawson as Principal of the firm.
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WASHINGTON, DC: The Bockorny Group today announced the appointment of Pete Lawson as a principal of the firm. Lawson is a 15 year Democratic veteran of Capitol Hill and has held leadership positions in both a major trade association and Fortune 50 corporate Washington, D.C. government affairs office. He is widely respected for having led a number of the most significant legislative and regulatory campaigns in Washington over the past decade. He has worked extensively on issues including financial services, energy, tax policy, transportation, health care, corporate governance/legal reform and trade. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Government Relations for Ford Motor Company. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing both federal and state government affairs.
"Pete is a major hire for our firm. He has an incredible resume and has worked tough issues successfully with both the Congress and the Administration for some of the most respected organizations in Washington," said Dave Bockorny, the firm's Chairman and CEO. "He is a senior Democratic stalwart who is well-respected on both sides of the political aisle. The work of our firm will be greatly enhanced by his keen understanding of how business and government can work together to accomplish important public policy goals." Lawson led a team that successfully negotiated national fuel economy standards for the U.S. Auto industry with the White House, Congress, Federal and State agencies, environmental groups and labor unions. Those negotiations led to unified national fuel economy and green house gas emissions standards that prevented automakers from having to engineer and build cars to a patchwork of differing agency and state standards. Lawson also worked extensively with the Administration, House and Senate leadership and Committees on legislation related to Dodd-Frank financial services reform, "Cash for Clunkers" and the U.S. - Korea Free Trade agreement. For these efforts, his company was recognized by "The Hill" newspaper for one of the top three lobbying victories during the 112th Congress.
Following his tenure on Capitol Hill, Lawson served as Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was the Chamber's top Democratic and chief lobbyist on legal reform, corporate governance, and financial services issues. While there, Lawson headed "the Coalition to Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege." The coalition included many of the country's leading business and legal groups including the National Association of Manufacturers, The Association of Corporate Council, The American Bar Association, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The American Chemistry Council and the ACLU. The Coalition worked with the House and Senate judiciary committees to introduce bipartisan legislation and successfully mobilized a grass roots, grass tops and a targeted media campaign which led to the reversal of the Department of Justice's long-standing policy of penalizing organizations for not waiving attorney-client privileged communications.
Lawson also worked extensively on several other successful legislative campaigns including Class Action Reform, Bankruptcy Reform and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. There again, Mr. Lawson was recognized as one of Washington's "Top Lobbyists" by a leading independent Capitol Hill news organization. Lawson continues to work closely with a number of Democratic organizations such as the New Dem Coalition, the Blue Dog Coalition as well as Business Forward, Third Way and No Labels.
Pete honed his skills on Capitol Hill serving as senior counsel to Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) who co-founded and co-chaired the New Democrat Coalition. Lawson staffed its members and facilitated the development and implementation of the coalition's legislative agenda.
And, prior to working on Capitol Hill, Lawson worked as a consumer protection specialist in the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, where he investigated business fraud and assisted with the prosecution of businesses found to be in violation of state and federal consumer protection laws.
Lawson, a Virginia native, is a graduate of the University of Richmond and George Mason University School of Law. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1997. He and his family live in Alexandria, Va.