David Addington to Join NFIB as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Legal Officer
Addington Brings Impressive Record of Leadership;
Strengthens NFIB’s Position to Advocate for Small Business Owners Nationwide
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2016) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced today David Addington will join the organization as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Legal Officer. Addington will provide legal advice and assistance to the NFIB President and staff on matters of corporate governance as well as legal issues relating to legislative, policy, political, and regulatory affairs. In addition, he will serve as NFIB Corporate Secretary, manage and monitor all NFIB litigation, and oversee and support the efforts of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center.
“Legislatures, courts, and executives at all levels of government continue to churn out laws, decisions, and regulations that unduly interfere with the ability of small business owners to run their businesses,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “That’s why we need someone like David Addington on our team. It is no exaggeration to say that David is one of the smartest lawyers in the country, and we are thrilled that he will bring his wisdom, talents, and tenacity to NFIB.”
“Small business owners across America face a broad range of challenges, including the government’s excessive regulation and taxation, interference in free markets for goods, services, labor, and finance, and insistence on costly and complex health insurance systems,” said Addington. “NFIB works hard to defend the right of small business owners to run their businesses without undue government interference and I am honored and excited to be part of this exceptional team.”
Addington, who will start on July 18, brings to NFIB an impressive record of leadership and experience at senior levels in the private sector as well as several positions in federal government, including at the White House, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Senate. Having served Presidents and Vice Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, and U.S. Senators, Addington knows how government works, how decisions are made and, most importantly to NFIB, how to improve policies and create opportunities for change.
Addington has valuable private sector experience as well, having served as senior vice president and general counsel at the American Trucking Associations and as an attorney in private practice working at two of the nation’s leading law firms, Holland & Knight and Baker Donelson. He joins NFIB from The Heritage Foundation where he served as group vice president for research.
“As the leading advocacy organization for small business owners, we recruit and retain the best minds and most effective professionals. Our leadership and staff here in Washington and throughout the U.S. are the best of the best,” said Duggan. “NFIB is leading the fight by increasing the breadth and depth of our work. David joins us at a critical time and will be an invaluable asset as we work to ensure that small business will continue to be the vital engine of our economy.”