Elaine Acevedo has represented corporations, trade associations, and non profits on a wide array of projects during her 25 year career in Washington. Her extensive knowledge of process, "Washington Speak," and insider customs, makes it possible for her to provide excellent strategic advice to her clients. A personable style, coupled with aggressive advocacy for client interests have contributed to her successes. Ms. Acevedo has obtained favorable decisions for her clients before the International Trade Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Agency of the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ms. Acevedo formed her own firm recently after working with several contract lobbying firms and law firms. Her diverse experience convinced her that she could better serve her clients as an independent so that she could team with specialists as needed to serve specific needs of her clients. Previously Ms. Acevedo had affiliated with the law firm of Birch Horton Bittner and Cherot, the bipartisan lobbying firm of Downey McGrath, with former Congressmen Tom Downey (D-NY) and Ray McGrath (R-NY), both of whom had served on the tax writing committee of the House of Representatives. She also partnered with one of the relatively few woman-owned owned lobbying firms in Washington D.C., the Evans Capitol Group, serving as Vice President, Legislative Counsel.
Her client work with these firms included representation of Hallmark, Hearst, Nextel, Brinker International, Sallie Mae, Chevron, Texaco, Fannie Mae, Met Life, AOL, Microsoft and several less well know high tech companies.. Her non profit clients included Girl Scouts USA, Red Cross, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and her trade association clients included the Newspaper Association of America, National Cable and Television Association, American Business Media, a Fuel Cell Research Consortium, and the National Parks Coalition.
Immediately after law school, Ms. Acevedo established the Washington Policy office for FTD, a well-known e-commerce company that provides financial clearing-house functions and marketing services for retail florists. For more than 12 years she provided crisis management advice, developed successful legislative and political strategies for defeating harmful trade initiatives, and solved difficult tax and trademark issues for the corporation. During that time President Clinton appointed Ms. Acevedo to serve as a Republican on the bipartisan White House Small Business Conference Policy Committee.
Ms. Acevedo earned her law degree from George Washington University National Law Center evening program while running the government affairs department for a national trade association whose members were retail, wholesale and growers of agriculture commodities. She is a member of the MD and DC bars. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees concentrated in the math and science disciplines.
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Ms. Acevedo serves on the Board of Trustees of the Capitol Hill Club and was elected President of the American League of Lobbyists in 1997, 1998. She is a member of the Tax Coalition and the Women's High Tech Coalition and is the incumbent President of the Capitol Forum, a growing group of women who have headed Washington Policy Offices for Fortune 100 Companies.