Holly Fechner

Holly Fechner


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5475



  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
    • cum laude
  • Oberlin College, A.B.
    • with honors

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. John Feikens, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Holly Fechner is a partner in the public policy practice.  Named a top lobbyist by The Hill, Ms. Fechner manages teams that handle public policy, government affairs and regulatory matters for clients in Washington, DC and around the world.  Covington’s global public policy and government affairs practice has been ranked among the top five firms by National Journal’s Influence magazine for years.  She is a former co-chair of the practice.

Drawing on her extensive public and private sector experience, Ms. Fechner offers clients comprehensive advocacy services, including strategic advice, substantive legal and regulatory expertise, and policy and message development.  With over two decades of legal, legislative and public policy experience, Ms. Fechner focuses on pensions, healthcare, intellectual property, tax, food, energy and education.  She has a proven track record in assisting clients fulfill their government affairs goals.  Ms. Fechner is also a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Fechner was Policy Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).  In that position, she developed policy initiatives, legislation and campaigns on a broad range of issues, including the economy, health care, employment, education, retirement policy, and civil rights.  She was also Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.  In her eight years on Capitol Hill, Ms. Fechner served as chief negotiator and drove passage of over a dozen laws worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

Representative Matters

  • Represent a national health plan on Affordable Care Act implementation.
  • Represent a Fortune 100 technology company on tax legislation before Congress.
  • Advise a global biotechnology company.
  • Represent a Fortune 200 technology company on intellectual property policy and legislation.
  • Advise a multi-billion dollar pension trust fund on matters before Congress and the Administration.
  • Represent a large coalition of States on Medicare and Medicaid legislation.
  • Represent a wind energy company on tax and energy legislation.
  • Facilitated a coalition of companies and environmental groups and represented them before Congress on climate change legislation.
  • Advised a large non-profit on judiciary matters.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in a congressional investigation.

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Policy Director
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel
  • AFL-CIO, Legislative Counsel
  • National Partnership for Women & Families, Policy Counsel

Honors and Rankings

  • The Hill, Top Lobbyist (2013-2014)
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Government: Government Relations (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Government - Government Relations (2015)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Award for Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
  • Scribes Award for Outstanding Published Work

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Harvard Kennedy School, Visiting Adjunct Lecturer
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Board Vice-Chair 
  • Center for Worklife Law, Advisory Board Member
  • Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, Appointed Member

Publications and Speeches

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