Austin Harrison is a senior associate in our Public Policy Practice with extensive experience advancing client interests on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. Austin splits his time between Atlanta and Washington DC, which allows him to work on both federal and state policy issues. As a lawyer, Austin also counsels clients on multistate regulatory, land use, infrastructure and administrative law matters. Austin has worked for years as a trusted government affairs advisor to national associations, publicly traded companies and businesses seeking to contract with the US government. Among his various policy focus areas, Austin leads the firm’s working group on the Annual National Defense Authorization Act and engages on behalf of clients in the annual appropriations bill, Farm Bill and additional authorizing legislation.
Austin leverages the intersection of law and policy by counseling clients in a variety of areas, including defense, energy and environment, transportation, agriculture and complex regulatory matters involving cannabis, hemp and CBD. He assists clients in developing comprehensive regulatory and legislative strategies to further their interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees, various US regulatory agencies and state legislatures.
Born in Louisville, Mississippi, Austin has a sophisticated understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Southeast. Upon graduation from the University of Mississippi’s Trent Lott Leadership Institute, Austin worked in Washington DC for US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and US Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS).
Prior to joining the firm, Austin served as a US State Department intern at the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. During his final year at the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service, he developed a comprehensive analysis on the UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit).
Austin maintains close relationships with members of Congress, key congressional staff and statewide elected officials across the country.