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Richard L. Spees

Office Managing Partner 
Chair, Government Affairs & Public Policy Practice Group
750 Ninth Street, N.W.
Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20001
Richard L. Spees is the Akerman Government Affairs & Public Policy Practice Group Chair and serves as the office managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office. He has over 25 years of experience representing clients before the federal government. Rick represents a wide range of public and private clients including cities, counties, transit properties, science centers, educational institutions, corporations, and hospital systems.

Before starting his legal practice, Rick served in a number of positions in the U.S. Senate, including three years as the Staff Director of the Senate Commerce, Justice, and State and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. He also served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nevada).
Representative Experience
Appropriations - Experience includes assisting clients in securing federal funds, in legislative allocations, authorizations and agency grants.
Transportation - Experience includes work on several surface transportation reauthorization bills, part of the team that helped draft the State Infrastructure Bank legislation which was the first federal innovative financing program, and assisting ports and beach communities obtain funding and project management from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
Government - Experience includes work for cities, counties, transit properties, airports, educational institutions, science centers and foreign governments.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers - General Counsel
International Center for Middle Eastern+Western Dialogue (The Hollings Center) - General Counsel
Ocean Stewards Institute - General Counsel
Published Works & Lectures
Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Speaker, "Defying Physics: A Countervailing View of Washington," October 2014
Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition Fall 2013 Meeting, Speaker, "Charting a Path Forward Without a Map," November 2013
"Paul Laxalt -- Man of Political Independence," The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada, Chapter 11, 1999
Professional Memberships & Activities
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Business Council, Member
Reading Partners DC, Board Member
Foundation for Prader Willi Research, Pro bono legal work
Related Professional Experience
U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary, and Related Agencies, Staff Director and Chief Counsel, 1982-1986
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Regulatory Reform, Majority Counsel, 1981 - 1982
Office of Senator Paul Laxalt, U.S. Senate, Legislative Assistant

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Richard L. Spees

Government Affairs & Public Policy
Representative Clients
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX)
Chabot Space and Science Center
City of Orlando, Florida
Nye County, Nevada
Ocean Stewards Institute
Peralta Community College System
Carson City, Nevada
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1979; with honors
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1976; Economics, with honors
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
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