Dana Weekes provides strategic counsel to clients to advance their policy goals on Capitol Hill and within the Executive Branch on issues affecting various sectors including food and agriculture, energy, technology, education, appropriations, and federal grants. In helping her clients navigate the federal government to address major challenges or secure key opportunities, Ms. Weekes develops both traditional and innovative ways for her clients to strategically engage both policy decision-makers and policy influencers. She also has successfully led and participated in "bet the company" legislative campaigns and rapid response crisis management efforts for clients.

Ms. Weekes works with clients on legislative and regulatory issues governed by various major legislation and reauthorizations, including the Farm Bill, the annual appropriations bills, Child Nutrition Act, Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, NASA reauthorization, Higher Education Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Career and Technical Education Act, and the Family Educational Rights Protection Act.

As part of her policy practice, Ms. Weekes remains committed to pro bono service and investing in communities where she lives. Currently, Ms. Weekes serves on the Regional Advisory Board of REAL School Gardens and is working with the organization to launch successfully in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Experience

  • Major association in restoring more than US$80 million through appropriations for a NASA program that the president's budget proposed to cut.
  • Global food manufacturer in developing and executing a strategy to repeal a Department of Agriculture rule that would result in more than US$1 billion in retaliation tariffs on US products.
  • Top technology companies in providing advice and counsel regarding data privacy legislation and proposed amendments to the draft and introduced bills.
  • Premier emerging technology company in drafting legislation introduced by a member of Congress on accreditation.
  • Top institutions of higher education in securing two separate appointments of individuals to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the National Commission on Hunger.

  • Top-tier Forbes privately held company in successfully including language in a Department of Agriculture rulemaking that allows for the sale of the company's product that was initially eliminated in the proposed rule.

Perspectives

Restraining the Current Regulatory State Through the Congressional Review Act
Advisory. Published in two parts on Bloomberg Government. Republished on Columbia Law School's Blue Sky Blog.
Obama Administration Continues to Push Food Policy Agenda
Seller Beware: Consumer Protection Insights for Industry
Post-Election Analysis 2016: Immigration
Arnold & Porter LLP
Post-Election Analysis 2016: Education
Arnold & Porter LLP
Post-Election Analysis 2016: Trade
Arnold & Porter LLP and Soulier AARPI Newsletter
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Recognition

The National Black Lawyers 2016
"Top 40 Under 40"
Professional Women in Advocacy
Excellence By an Up and Coming Advocate 2015 (Finalist) and 2013 (Finalist)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2009
  • BA, Political Science and English, Wellesley College, 2003
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
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