- University of Mississippi, B.S. Political Science and Journalism
Brian leads Balch’s Federal Public Policy & Government Relations Practice in Washington. He utilizes his knowledge of the political and budget process to strategize, develop, and implement federal legislative and regulatory agenda and complex public policy advocacy strategies for high-profile corporations operating in highly-regulated environments, coalitions and industry associations.” Brian joined Balch after serving U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt for eleven years as Chief of Staff. Aderholt, a senior member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, is the Dean of the Alabama Congressional Delegation and serving his north Alabama congressional district since 1996.
While with Aderholt, Brian spearheaded critical legislation and funding initiatives through the Appropriations subcommittees on Defense, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Commerce, Justice & Science, including shepherding the first domestic content “Buy America” requirement within the EPA and then USDA Rural Development programs. From trade provisions to troubleshooting the provisioning of 5G spectrum Brian has successfully managed numerous legislative coalitions while in Washington, drawing upon experience from successful state and federal political campaigns.
Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Brian managed state government affairs for McKenna, Long & Aldridge on behalf of Fortune 500 clients with issues before multiple state legislatures. He also served as a Director at Metromedia Fiber Networks where he managed government relations for an S&P 100 company in their development of facilities-based fiber optic networks in the top 25 municipalities in the U.S.
After spending many years on the Hill, I was fortunate enough to have a choice of law firms to join – and I am glad that I chose Balch. It is unlike any other in that people work collaboratively across different practices to drive for a solution. It is very similar to the legislative coalitions we used to run while on the Hill that brought success in trade policies, appropriations matters and regulatory reform.
Given my track record on the Hill, I tend to attract the clients who have complex problems that require multi-step solutions. It makes me appreciate those who come forward with what appears to be complex problems but are more straightforward to unravel.
Aside from being a Dad and a husband, Boy Scouts consumes a large part of my time outside of the office. I have been a Boy Scout leader for close to 20 years, with two sons who have earned the Eagle Scout rank. In addition to organizing multiday backcountry hikes, I spend time outside of the office doing endurance sports, having completed multiple Ironman distance triathlons, over a dozen of 70.3 races and being age-group ranked in the Alabama Xterra Trail Running Series – so much time is spent in the endurance sport community.