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Jessica Robinson
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Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson practices in all areas of political law, advising labor unions, PACs, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and political professionals. She focuses on managing legal risks and minimizing compliance burdens so that her clients can focus on voter contact, advancing progressive policies, and winning elections. She has 15 years experience helping clients navigate campaign finance laws, Internal Revenue Code, counseling organizations and individuals engaged in election campaigns and direct and grassroots lobbying efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Ms. Robinson has successfully represented clients before the Federal Election Commission and various state and local campaign finance agencies. Before joining Trister Ross, Ms. Robinson was an Associate General Counsel at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), where she advised the union on all aspects of its political program and advocacy work, and served as counsel to the union’s federal and state PACs as well as its charitable organization. Ms. Robinson was also the primary legal advisor to We Are Wisconsin, a group of non-profit organizations that served as a progressive coalition hub in the aftermath of the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising, guiding it through the maze of tax and campaign finance laws governing its work as the main independent expenditure vehicle supporting the effort to recall anti-union Wisconsin State Senators in 2011, and Governor Walker in 2012. Prior to her time at AFSCME, Ms. Robinson served as in-house counsel to the nation’s largest independent voter registration and engagement operation. Before that, she was an associate at Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon, representing federal, state and local candidates, political parties, PACs, unions, corporations, outside groups, donors and political professionals with respect to campaign finance, election and tax law, as well as lobbying and legislative ethics rules.

 

 

        Education:

        • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2002
        • The George Washington University, B.A., 1997

         

        Bar Admissions:

        • Maryland
        • District of Columbia
        • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

         

        Prior Professional Experience:

        • Associate General Counsel, AFSCME
        • Counsel, America Coming Together
        • Associate, Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon
        • Investigative Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Committee
        • Investigative Researcher, U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

         

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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