Small Business Legal Center Advisory Board

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center relies on an advisory board comprised of some of America’s leading authorities on law, politics and government. The advisory board works with NFIB to support small business. Advisory board members are:


Jonathan H. Adler

Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Cleveland, OH

Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.  Adler is a published writer and the author or editor of four books on environmental policy and over a dozen book chapters.  A 2007 study identified Adler as the most cited legal academic in environmental law under age 40. Adler serves on the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, and the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board. A regular commentator on environmental and legal issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS “Newshour with Jim Lehrer” and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” to the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

Melissa A. Bailey

Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins – Washington, D.C.

Melissa Bailey is the Managing Shareholder for Ogletree Deakins’ Washington, D.C., office. She specializes in employment law and has substantial litigation experience in occupational safety and health matters and regularly writes and speaks on occupational safety and health matters. She also serves on the firm’s Board of Director’s and Lawyers Weekly USA named her as one of the “Ten Lawyers Who Stood Out” because of her involvement with OSHA enforcement and rulemaking.

Maurice Baskin

Shareholder, Littler – Washington D.C.

Maurice Baskin is a leading authority in the field of labor and employment law. He represented BE&K Construction and Hoffman Plastic Compounds in important NLRB Supreme Court wins. He has served on the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber, as well as the Legal Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives. Baskin was named Top Washington Lawyer: Employment Contracts (Washington Business Journal, 2006) and one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States (Labor Relations Institute). He is currently with Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Washington, D.C. as a shareholder.

Mark A. Behrens

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP – Washington, D.C.

Mark Behrens is an experienced practitioner of product liability law and author of numerous articles on tort and civil justice issues in leading national journals. He has taught in law schools and is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., counsel to the American Tort Reform Association, and serves on a number of advisory boards including the Federalist Society’s Tort and Product Liability Subcommittee and Washington Legal Foundation Legal Policy Advisory Board.

Susan Dudley

Director, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center – Washington, D.C.

Susan Dudley is the director of The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, which was established in September 2009 to raise awareness of regulations’ effects and improve regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees federal regulatory policymaking. As director, she helped ensure that federal agencies did not promulgate rules that unnecessarily harmed small business and the public at-large. Prior to leading OIRA, she directed the Regulatory Studies Program at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.

Gregory Katsas

Partner, Jones Day

Gregory Katsas a partner with Jones Day and handles complex litigation in areas including administrative law, antitrust, constitutional law, employment discrimination, international law and arbitration, and products liability. He has argued more than 50 appeals, including cases in every federal appellate court. Recently, he briefed and argued the landmark health care case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Between 2001 and 2009, Greg served in many senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Acting Associate Attorney General. In these positions, he handled or supervised most of the government’s leading civil appeals. His own cases included such important topics as the detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the use of national security letters in major counterterrorism investigations, the applicability of the state secrets privilege in litigation about covert CIA activities, the closure of immigration hearings for suspected terrorists, and the constitutionality of federal statutes on subjects ranging from the Pledge of Allegiance to partial-birth abortion. He also oversaw all of the Civil Division’s enforcement activities under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. He has testified before Congress eight times, on topics ranging from the material support statute to federal pleading standards under Ashcroft v. Iqbal.

Leonard A. Leo

Executive Vice President, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies – Washington, D.C.

Leonard Leo serves as the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society where he manages the projects and publications of the Lawyers Division and oversees the Federalist Society’s government, media, and corporate relations. He has participated actively in a number of international forums and served as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and serves as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, to which he was first appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004.

Tammy McCutchen

Principal, Littler – Washington, D.C.

Tammy McCutchen represents and counsels management clients in connection with all types of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law. She is a former Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, a leading authority on federal and state wage and hour law, and formerly served as Senior Counsel at Hershey Foods Corporation. She is also the current Chair of the Federalist Society’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

Edwin Meese, III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation – Washington, D.C.

Edwin Meese served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States from 1985 until 1988. Prior to serving as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he held the position of Counselor to the President and was President Ronald Reagan’s chief policy adviser. Since 1988 he has held the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation and is also Chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, which educates government officials, the media and the public about the Constitution, legal principles and how they affect public policy.

Nancy Nord

Of Counsel, Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Matz, PC (OFW Law) – Washington, D.C

Nancy A. Nord comes to OFW after completing an eight-year term as a Commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, serving from 2005 through 2013. Ms. Nord was Acting Chairman of the CPSC from July 2006 until June 2009. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Nord held a number of legal positions in the federal government and the private sector. She served as the General Counsel of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the private sector, she was the Director of Federal Affairs for the Eastman Kodak Company, and Director of Consumer Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She was the founding Executive Director of the Association of Corporate Counsel, representing attorneys in corporate law departments, serving in that capacity for over eight years. As Executive Director, she interacted with senior corporate legal officers and their legal departments on a variety of substantive law and management issues. She is on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety which represents garment manufacturers and major retailers to improve factory working conditions in Bangladesh. Since leaving the CPSC, she has been active in speaking and writing on issues dealing with safety regulation and corporate compliance. Ms. Nord is a native of South Dakota. She received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska and her J.D., with honors, from George Washington University.

Howard M. Radzely

VP & Assistant General Counsel, Boeing – Chicago, IL

Howard Radzely is an experienced attorney and public servant and mastered labor-related legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues in both private practice and during his tenure at the Department of Labor. During Radzely’s federal service, he held the post of Deputy Secretary of Labor as well as Solicitor of Labor, during which time he was deeply involved in major enforcement actions and significant regulatory reforms. He joined Morgan Lewis in 2009, where he advised employers of all sizes on increasingly complex issues and represents companies before trial and appellate courts.  He is currently with The Boeing Company.

Manesh K. Rath

Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP – Washington, D.C.

Manesh Rath counsels and represents businesses and associations facing employment discrimination charges, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination lawsuits and OSHA citations, and in most other areas of human resources law. He was the lead attorney as amicus counsel before the U.S. Supreme Court in BCI Coca Cola Bottling of Los Angeles v. U.S. EEOC. Rath has authored employment law articles in several publications, including The Labor Lawyer, South Texas Law Review, Construction Equipment Distributors Magazine, and Inside Supply Management. He is also a co-author of the OSHA book Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook.

Jeffrey A. Rosen

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP – Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Rosen is a senior litigation partner and regulatory lawyer with a practice that involves complex business litigation matters. From 2006 to 2009, he served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget, making him the Administration’s lead lawyer on regulatory and fiscal issues. He previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2003-2006, and was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis from 1982-2003.

Bill Rys

Director of Federal Government Affairs , Citigroup – Washington, D.C.

Bill Rys joined Citi in January of 2013as Director of Federal Government Affairs in the Washington, DC Global Government Affairs Office. He serves as Citi’s tax lobbyist coordinating with Citi’s tax department and business units on major tax initiatives both global and domestic in scope. Bill rings to Citi more than decade of experience serving in the legislative branch, executive branch, trade associations, and industry. Prior to joining Citi, Bill served as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs with the Shell Oil Co. At Shell, Bill focused on tax and trade issues impacting Shell both in Washington and globally. Bill also served as the Tax Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small business trade association. As Tax Council, Bill representing NFIB members on Capitol Hill and before the Treasury Department and the IRS. In addition, Bill coordinated a number of trade associations in coalitions supporting small business tax interests. In Government, Bill worked as a Legislative Director for Rep. Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania where he handled tax issues related to the Congresswoman’s assignment on the House Ways & Means Committee. Following his time on Capitol Hill, Bill served as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the Treasury Department. Prior to working in the government, Bill practiced law in Washington, DC. Bill received a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Juniata College, a JD from the Boston University School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Thomas Sullivan

Of Counsel, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Washington D.C.

Thomas Sullivan has an extensive background representing small businesses before lawmakers and regulators. In his current position at the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, Sullivan focuses on legislative and regulatory issues confronting the transportation industry. Sullivan is the former executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center and served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the Small Business Administration. As Chief Counsel, he headed a team of attorneys and economists who worked to remove regulatory barriers and to elevate small business visibility within all levels of government.

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