Election Law & Government Ethics


Wiley Rein has the premier election law & government ethics practice in the country, recognized by Chambers USA as “the gold standard in this business.” Led by nationally known election law specialist Jan Witold Baran and former Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman Michael E. Toner, the Group represents more than 300 U.S. and foreign corporations and trade associations, as well as individuals, elected officials, campaign committees, political party committees, and other political organizations.  

Our decades of combined experience with the substantive aspects of political law enable us to provide unparalleled counseling and litigation services. The scope of our counseling ranges from providing answers to discrete questions to implementing comprehensive compliance programs and conducting meticulous compliance audits. We regularly advise clients on the laws and rules pertaining to political law including federal and state regulation of lobbying, political contributions, political action committees (PAC), ethics, and the use of corporate facilities for political purposes and corporate guidelines on related issues. We also provide guidance on related political law issues including the activities of foreign nationals and overseas corporations in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the world.

We possess unparalleled knowledge of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), as amended by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA); the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA); the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); the Internal Revenue Code, and the congressional and Executive branch ethics rules, to name a few. We also maintain detailed surveys of state campaign finance, lobbying, gift, and pay-to-play laws and requirements.

Our political law and First Amendment litigation and advocacy experience includes challenges to laws and client defense. We handle matters involving campaign finance, voting rights, and equal rights, among others. We represent clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, federal and state courts, as well as federal agencies and boards, such as the FEC, the House and Senate Ethics Committees, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), and state agencies. Our clients include many of the country’s most prominent corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, public officials, political parties, individual campaign committees, and candidates.

A sampling of the industries and clients we serve includes:


  • Banking & Finance
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Defense
  • Energy
  • Food/Food Services/Restaurants
  • Government Contractors
  • Health/Medical/Pharmaceuticals
  • Insurance
  • Legal/Law Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate/Construction
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Transportation


  • 501(c) Organizations
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Campaign Committees
  • Candidates
  • Contributors
  • Leadership PACs
  • Political Activists
  • Public Officials
  • Political Parties
  • Super PACs

Contact Us

Jan Witold Baran
202.719.7330 |

Michael E. Toner
202.719.7545 |

Carol A. Laham
202.719.7301 |

Thomas W. Kirby
202.719.7062 |

Caleb P. Burns
202.719.7451 |

D. Mark Renaud
202.719.7405 |

Robert L. Walker
202.719.7585 |

Our People

Name Position Telephone Email
Thomas W. AntonucciPartner202.719.7558Download vCard
Jan Witold BaranPartner202.719.7330Download vCard
Robert D. BentonPartner202.719.7142Download vCard
Louisa BrooksAssociate202.719.4187Download vCard
Caleb P. BurnsPartner202.719.7451Download vCard
Ralph J. CacciaPartner202.719.7242Download vCard
Jason P. CronicPartner202.719.7175Download vCard
Claire J. EvansPartner202.719.7022Download vCard
Stephen J. KennyAssociate202.719.7532Download vCard
Thomas W. KirbySenior Counsel202.719.7062Download vCard
Carol A. LahamPartner202.719.7301Download vCard
Bruce L. McDonaldSenior Counsel202.719.7014Download vCard
Kevin B. MuhlendorfPartner202.719.7052Download vCard
Daniel B. PickardPartner202.719.7285Download vCard
D. Mark RenaudPartner202.719.7405Download vCard
Richard W. SmithPartner202.719.7468Download vCard
Roderick L. ThomasPartner202.719.7035Download vCard
Michael E. TonerPartner202.719.7545Download vCard
Karen E. TrainerSenior Reporting Specialist202.719.4078Download vCard
Robert L. WalkerOf Counsel202.719.7585Download vCard
Eric WangSpecial Counsel202.719.4185Download vCard
Andrew G. WoodsonPartner202.719.4638Download vCard
Brandis L. ZehrAssociate202.719.7210Download vCard

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