Scott E. Thomas
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CHAIR, POLICY AND POLITICAL LAW PRACTICE GROUP
A former Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) Chairman, Scott Thomas focuses his political law practice on campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, and elections law. His extensive background in the area of political law is a valuable resource in providing guidance and assurance to clients who need to interact with government officials or want to engage politically.
With more than 30 years of experience in this field, Mr. Thomas assesses current compliance issues and suggests best practices to ensure adherence to the rules. Given the ever-changing law and its interpretations by regulatory bodies, he provides up-to-date advice that enables businesses, associations, PACs, and others to work successfully with government representatives at the federal, state, or local level.
Mr. Thomas served as an FEC Commissioner from 1986 to 2006. He was appointed to the FEC for three consecutive terms by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He served as chairman in 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2005.
From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Thomas served as executive assistant to former FEC Commissioner Tom Harris, and from 1980 to 1983 as an FEC assistant general counsel for enforcement. He began his legal career as a staff attorney with the FEC in 1977.
Mr. Thomas also has general experience in areas of election law other than campaign finance, stemming from the FEC’s Office of Election Administration and his work with election officials here and abroad. Additionally, his involvement with the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and various governmental bodies over the years has provided him with a breadth of knowledge on ethics and lobbying rules.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Thomas has served on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Election Law as well as the Elections Committee of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
- 2011–2016, Government: Political Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2013, 2015, listed in the Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers
- 2012–2015, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
- 2014–2017, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
- 2015, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
- 2011, “Stars of the Bar,” listed in the Washingtonian
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