Austin Harrison, a member of our Public Policy Strategic Advocacy Practice, draws upon domestic and international policy experience to advise clients on matters involving administrative law, land use matters and various public policy matters, including authorizing legislation, appropriations and working with Congress to address agency actions.
Austin counsels clients in a variety of areas, including defense, energy and environment, transportation, agriculture and regulatory matters involving cannabis, hemp and CBD. He assists clients in developing comprehensive regulatory and legislative strategies to further their interest before Congress, relevant congressional committees and various US regulatory agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense (DoD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Interior (including Bureau of Land Management (BLM)), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Transportation (USDOT), United States Trade Representative (USTR), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Park Service (NPS), among others.
Austin previously worked in Washington DC for US Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and US Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS).
Prior to joining the firm, Austin interned for the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, focusing on international trade, EU policy and international energy law. During his final year at the Clinton School of Public Service, he developed a comprehensive analysis on the UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit).
As a law clerk for the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Association (AECC), Austin handled filing matters with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers to obtain permits for the electric cooperative. During law school, Austin worked in the Public Protection Department for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge with a focus on environmental, public utility and healthcare regulatory matters.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, Austin studied public policy at the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, where he gained various international experiences through his studies in Quito, Ecuador, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Seoul, South Korea.