Kevin O'Neill

Kevin M. O'Neill

Partner

Kevin O’Neill helps integrate public policy skills to address the global legal needs of the firm’s clients, whether they are cross-border transactions, international disputes, or global regulatory matters. In 2013 and 2014, The Hill named Kevin as one of the Top 100 Hired Guns in Washington. In 2009, The National Law Journal-Legal Times named him as one of its “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Washington DC.

Kevin believes the federal government can be your best ally in reaching your strategic objectives as a business, organization or individual. His practice, therefore, focuses on using his knowledge and experience to help clients navigate the complex federal legislative and executive processes in order to achieve their strategic objectives. His clients include domestic and foreign corporations, associations, municipal governments, transportation agencies, healthcare systems, universities and foreign sovereigns.

Associations

Kevin’s practice includes helping a variety of national associations develop and implement strategic federal government relations plans that maximize the organization’s ability to influence public policy. He has experience helping associations start their federal government relations programs and build relationships in Washington tied to the interests of their members.  Most importantly, he knows how to make sure his association clients are players in the policy debates that will shape their future. For example, he aided an association of the nation’s leading research universities in overturning a federal agency decision to shutter a US$2 billion next-generation space research project that improves American competitiveness in the hard sciences.

Education

Representing some of the nation’s leading universities is an important part of Kevin’s practice. He has worked extensively with his higher education clients on a range of initiatives that make the federal government a partner in achieving the school’s long-term objectives. Kevin has a record of helping clients in this space as the federal government has an increasing role in policies that impact all elements of university activity (financial aid policies, campus security, tracking of post-graduation success, etc.), and as higher education policy decisions are embedded in a wide range of legislative and regulatory decisions (agriculture, transportation, energy, K-12 policy, etc.). He has experience in working to secure federal assistance with research in areas such as defense, alternative energy development, homeland security technology, healthcare, agriculture, environmental mitigation, historical restoration and various educational outreach programs. In addition, Kevin has worked with a number of universities that are developing major research parks as economic development projects that combine education, research and creation of new industrial investments in university communities.

Transportation

Kevin has significant experience in representing many of the nation’s best transportation entities as they partner with the federal government to solve our nation’s infrastructure challenges. His clients have secured more than US$3 billion in federal infrastructure funding in the last 15 years for development of new highway, transit and bike infrastructure projects.In the more recent passage of MAP-21, he represented a number of transportation authorities, local governments and private companies as they successfully pursued a variety of innovative policy changes to preserve federal infrastructure development in a fiscally constrained environment.  For more than a decade, he has also worked on a number of transportation policy challenges affecting our nation’s transit providers, companies in the transportation industry, local governments and state departments of transportation.

Healthcare

Kevin is skilled in representing medical professionals and health care providers in a number of contexts. He has worked with associations of medical professionals as they pursue policy changes that improve the patient experience and sustain the high quality of our nation’s medical workforce. He also represents a number of hospitals across the country in seeking federal support for infrastructure improvements, treatment of special populations, expansion of outreach programs and alterations to federal funding policies that negatively influence specific operational objectives.

Political Involvement 

Kevin is the co-founder and current president of the nation’s largest bipartisan federal political action committee (PAC) dedicated exclusively to the policy interests of college students and higher education.  In the fall of 2007, Kevin was a candidate for the Republican nomination in a special election in Virginia’s First Congressional District. In 2012, he was a volunteer fundraiser for the Romney-Ryan campaign.  In 2004, he was one of the youngest major fundraisers for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. In 2001, he was part of the team of Squire Patton Boggs lawyers that served as legal counsel for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Broadcast and Social Media 

Going beyond traditional media, Kevin has hosted a weekly Internet radio show since 2008. The Capital Thinking Internet radio show provides a glimpse of what is going on in Washington and what it means for businesses. Kevin communicates with policymakers, lawyers and business leaders in order to present an in-depth and well-balanced report on topical issues that are important to his listeners.

Capital Thinking is broadcast live every Thursday at 12 p.m. EST on the VoiceAmerica Business Network and listeners can subscribe to and automatically receive theCapital Thinking podcast through iTunes. The firm won a 2009 “Top Legal Marketer” award from Hubbard One.

Kevin is married to Dr. Patty O’Neill, a fundraiser at the College of William and Mary. They have two children and live in Williamsburg, VA. Kevin recently served two years as President of the Alumni Association at the College of William & Mary’s Law School. In college, he spent two years as the Syracuse Orangeman, traveling as far away as Japan to portray one of the world’s most recognizable sports mascots. He is passionate about college and professional sports, often traveling to special sporting events across the country with his wife and family. In December 2013, Kevin was appointed to the Virginia Public Building Authority by Governor Bob McDonnell. 

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Education

  • College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Syracuse University, B.A., 1992

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)

Courts

  • District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Appointee, Virginia Public Building Authority (2013)

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    Magistrate David G. Lowe
    August 1999 - August 2000
  • Top Lobbyist List-Hired Gun, The Hill (2013 & 2014)
  • 40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars,” National Law Journal-Legal Times (2009)
  • The National Law Journal-Legal Times named him as one of its “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Washington DC, (2009).
  • Served as pro bono legislative counsel to fraternities and sororities, representing the interests of college students in higher education policy debates. His efforts have led to awards from several organizations including the North American Interfraternity Conference, Delta Chi, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Chi Omega, and Pi Beta Phi.

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