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Former FEC Commissioner’s Counsel Brandi Zehr Rejoins Wiley Rein

January 2017
Election Law News

Brandis L. Zehr, former counsel to Federal Election Commission (FEC) Commissioner Lee E. Goodman and former deputy general counsel of Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign, has rejoined the firm’s highly regarded Election Law & Government Ethics Practice as an associate.

Brandi will advise clients in complying with federal and state campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, and pay-to-play laws; counsel tax-exempt charitable and social welfare organizations in the areas of corporate and tax compliance and obtaining and retaining tax exemption; and represent clients before the FEC in enforcement proceedings, advisory opinion requests, and rulemaking comments.

During her time at the FEC, Brandi advised Commissioner Goodman on both policy and enforcement matters. While serving as in-house counsel of Governor Bush’s presidential campaign, Brandi advised the campaign on a range of legal compliance issues including campaign finance, ballot access, election administration, corporate governance, intellectual property, insurance, contracts, and employment law matters.

Brandi began her career at the FEC as a campaign finance analyst. While in law school, Brandi joined the Republican National Committee (RNC) as a law clerk and, upon graduation, as associate counsel. Following the RNC, Brandi worked as an associate in the election law practice of another law firm before joining Wiley Rein in 2011. She received her J.D. and her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary.