Dave Schnittger joined the firm after serving for 21 years on the congressional staff of former US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), working as deputy chief of staff in Speaker Boehner’s leadership office from 2006 to 2015. Now a principal in the firm's Public Policy Group, Dave was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2022 for his work for clients on policy matters in the energy, transportation, entertainment/hospitality and financial services industries – expertise that helps to make our top-tier Public Policy Practice one that "excels in providing integrated and multidisciplinary expertise from within the firm's international backdrop." Dave has worked for years as a trusted government affairs advisor for several Fortune 500 companies and sovereign governments seeking to attract American business investment and build better relationships with the US.
Known as “Schnitt” to many on Capitol Hill, Dave draws on his decades of experience in some of Washington DC’s toughest policy and political battles to advise clients on legislative and regulatory strategies. During his time in the speaker’s office, Dave was repeatedly identified by Roll Call as one of its Fabulous 50 congressional aides, ranking him among those who most “drive the agenda, cut the deals, craft legislation and sway members” and the Hill’s “best communicators, who help set the tone and frame the debate.” POLITICO called Dave “integral to nearly every phase of the speaker’s 23-year career in DC.” Dave was in the room when key decisions were made by House leaders on nearly every issue during his nearly nine-year stint as a leadership aide. He maintains close relationships with members of Congress and key congressional aides, including many who entered government service in the years after Boehner’s departure from the House.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in West Chester, Ohio, Dave served as press secretary for then-Rep. Boehner during the latter half of the 1990s and as communications director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce from 2001 to 2005, during the speaker’s time as committee chairman. In 2005, Dave became chief of staff for Speaker Boehner’s congressional office, a role he held during the critical months that culminated in the speaker’s successful run for House majority leader and return to the House leadership ranks.