Richard Hertling provides regulatory and legislative advice and guidance and lobbying to a diverse set of clients in a range of industries. He joined the firm after more than 27 years of federal government service that included senior positions in both Houses of Congress and the Justice Department, during which he was respected for developing strategic and tactical approaches to advance legislation. He brings those same skills to bear for clients with complex policy challenges.
While holding senior positions on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Justice, Mr. Hertling handled intellectual property (including patents, copyrights, music licensing, and trade secrets), technology policy, cybersecurity, taxation, antitrust, immigration, communications, administrative and regulatory law and procedure, civil justice reform, and criminal justice issues. He led numerous oversight efforts, both as an investigator in Congress and in responding to oversight requests when at the Justice Department. He also played a key staff role in the drafting and enactment of dozens of significant laws.
Specifically, Mr. Hertling served as staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, minority staff director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and as chief of staff to former Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL). At the Justice Department, he served as acting assistant attorney general for legislative affairs and as principal deputy assistant attorney general for legal policy. Mr. Hertling also advised the presidential campaign of former Senator Fred Thompson on domestic and legal policy during the 2008 election cycle. The combination of his experiences enables him to bring to any policy challenge the perspective of both the policy-maker and the lawyer.