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Former Obama Administration Official Tom Kelly Joins Clark Hill's Government and Public Affairs Team

September 18, 2014

Tom Kelly, longtime aide to President Barack Obama, has joined Clark Hill as a Director of Government Affairs in the firm’s growing Washington, D.C. office. Drawing on over a decade of political and public service experience, Kelly advises clients with a variety of strategic legislative, executive branch and political needs. 

Kelly began his service to Obama on the Obama for US Senate campaign in 2003 and most recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council. He has also held positions at the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As Deputy Director of the Auto Recovery Office at the DOL, he helped distressed communities identify federal support for their recovery strategy. Kelly has served as a staffer and consultant on several political campaigns including Barack Obama’s Senate and Presidential races. 

“Tom is a respected problem solver with deep roots in the Obama administration and we are honored to have him join our growing team.” said Charlie Spies, leader of Clark Hill’s national Government and Public Affairs practice. “Tom is a Michigan native that understands government incentives and will be an asset to both municipalities and manufacturers in his home state.” 

Kelly earned a B.A. from DePaul University, an M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

Firm Profile 

Clark Hill PLC, recently ranked the fastest growing firm in the Am Law 200, is an entrepreneurial, full service law firm that provides business legal services, government and public affairs, and personal legal services to our clients throughout the country. With offices in Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware, Washington, DC and Arizona, Clark Hill has more than 350 attorneys and other professionals. For more information on our firm and our services, visit For more information on Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs team, call Charlie Spies at (202) 572-8663. 

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