Melissa Miles advises clients on matters relating to government affairs at the federal, state and local levels. Having practiced political law for more than 15 years at Skadden, Ms. Miles advises clients on ethics, conflict-of-interest, lobbying, pay-to-play and campaign finance laws.

Bio

Ms. Miles counsels clients on establishing and maintaining comprehensive systems to ensure compliance with those laws. In addition, she aids in the representation of alleged violators during the enforcement stage.

Ms. Miles has extensive contact with various state ethics and elections commissions around the country. She also has worked with federal entities such as the Federal Election Commission, the House and Senate Ethics committees and the Office of Government Ethics, and has assisted clients in responding to audits of federal lobbying activities by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Ms. Miles works with clients on many aspects of their compliance programs, including advising on corporate policies and procedures regarding political activity. She also represents major corporations in responding to shareholder actions and proxy requests regarding political spending and lobbying activities. Ms. Miles also advises corporate clients on political compliance issues relevant to mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Miles works with many clients on the establishment of corporate political action committees under applicable campaign finance laws. She also performs internal political law audits regarding campaign finance and lobbying compliance, and advises clients on recommendations based on the findings in such audits.

Ms. Miles has extensive experience working with federal pay-to-play laws, including SEC Rule 206(4)-5, MSRB Rule G-37 and CFTC Rule 23.451. She also advises clients on state and local pay-to-play laws.

Ms. Miles is a member of Women in Government Relations, a professional society, and also participates in Skadden’s Women’s Leadership Forum. She regularly makes presentations on political law and ethics issues to trade associations and other membership organizations.

Selected Speeches

  • “Political Engagement: How to Guide Your Employees While Maintaining Compliance,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics webinar, July 10, 2017
  • “Compliance for Your PAC/Advocacy Efforts in a Changing Political Environment,” Women in Government Relations conference, April 7, 2017
  • “Interactions with Government Officials: What you Need to Know About Political Law Compliance,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics webinar, October 13, 2016
  • “Government Affairs Ethics Rules: What You Need to Know (Increased Exposure at Conventions),” Women in Government Relations webinar, June 21, 2016

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University, 1997 (Honors)
  • B.A., Emory University, 1993

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Melissa L. Miles