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Samantha Clark practices in the firm’s Public Policy Practice Group as well as the CFIUS and Government Contracts groups. Ms. Clark provides advisory and advocacy support to clients facing policy, political, and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense, and national security sector. 

Before joining the firm, Samantha Clark served in a number of senior staff positions on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, most recently as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel. In this role, she managed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense policy bill that authorizes the Defense Department’s budget. Ms. Clark worked on Chairman McCain's legislative priorities to modernize the military retirement system and reform the defense acquisition system and served as an investigative counsel for the committee's inquiry into cyber intrusions affecting U.S. Transportation Command contractors. During her time on the committee, she managed a multi-billion dollar policy portfolio that covered acquisition law and policy, national security law and policy, military, civilian, and acquisition workforce policy, congressional investigations, military end strength authorizations, military pay and compensation, law of war and detainee issues, and women in combat.

The Secretary of the Navy awarded Ms. Clark the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award for her "exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee," and the Department of the Air Force awarded Ms. Clark her second Distinguished Public Service Award for her work leading specific legislative initiatives to modernize acquisition authorities and reform the military and civilian personnel systems in support of the Air Force during her tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Ms. Clark is a member of the Bar of Arizona. District of Columbia bar application pending; supervised by principals of the firm.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Senior Advisor
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Moot Court Judge
  • Federalist Society Capitol Hill Chapter
  • University of Kansas School of Law D.C. Advisory Council
  • Arizona Bar Association

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel; Deputy General Counsel; Counsel; Associate Counsel
  • Romney for President, State of Iowa Campaign Staff
  • U.S. Department of Defense: National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chief Counsel
  • U.S. Department of Defense: Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Homeland Defense
  • Douglas County Kansas District Attorney's Office
  • The Department of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award (2019) 
  • The Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (2018)
  • The Minuteman Award, given by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (2018)
  • Iowa STATEment Maker Award, Iowa State University Alumni Association (2017)
  • The Militia Award, given by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (2016)
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Department of Political Science, Iowa State University (2016)
  • Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, Iowa State University (2009)