Sen. Schumer's chief counsel lands on K Street

Jason Abel, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has joined the lobby shop at Steptoe & Johnson.

Abel has been named of counsel within the law giant’s government relations and public policy group in its Washington office. He formerly served as the chief counsel to Schumer and managed several Senate hearings on nominations, oversight and legislation.

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He developed strategy to pass the bipartisan Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) Act of 2009 and worked as the lead Senate staffer working on campaign finance issues, including the DISCLOSE Act and the Democratic response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as the counsel to Schumer while the lawmaker was chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. For two years prior to that, he worked as one of Schumer's chief counsels — handling banking, campaign finance and other issues.
 
Roger E. Warin, Steptoe chair, said Abel would help to expand the advocacy services the firm could offer clients.

“In particular, his experience advising clients in the financial services sector on regulatory issues and political law will further strengthen our team’s capabilities,” Warin said in a statement.

 

Abel forged a bipartisan profile while working in Congress, including participating in a Senate leadership group that “streamlined the Senate confirmation process and reformed the presidential appointment process,” according to the firm.

Prior to working for Schumer in 2007, Abel spent time in private sector. He advised Fortune 100 companies on corporate compliance with government ethics laws and helped them “develop appropriate internal policies in light of the scrutiny placed on political intelligence activities,” according to a release.

“I look forward to advocating on behalf of our clients’ public policy interests, and also to providing advice in the areas of political law, government ethics and congressional investigations,” Abel wrote in a statement.

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