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Andrew C. Richner

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Andrew Richner advises clients on matters of governmental law and policy. His focus is campaign finance, ethics and election law, and legislative and administrative lobbying, strategy, and solutions.

Andrew keeps close tabs on legislative and regulatory developments affecting his clients. As a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, he knows how the legislative process works, who the key decision-makers are, and how to get things done. He draws upon a depth and breadth of relationships in solving problems for his clients, whether seeking changes in law or regulation, appropriations or grants, or defensive measures. Industries represented range from health care, energy, media, finance, food, and agriculture, to trade associations, local governments, colleges, and universities.

In the political law space, Andrew focuses on campaign finance, elections, and federal tax laws. He provides in-depth analysis and advice for clients wishing to form and operate political action committees, ballot question committees, and tax-exempt organizations engaged in political and social welfare activity. He also advises candidates for state and federal office on campaign finance, election, and tax laws.

Andrew’s background as an elected official for 27 years is the foundation for his successes on behalf of his clients. He served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan from 2003 through 2018, including two years as Chairman of the Board, and he holds the honorific title of Regent Emeritus. From 1997 to 2002, he was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives. There, he was Chair of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Chair of the Family and Civil Law Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Redistricting and Elections Committee, and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Committee, Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee, Criminal Law and Corrections Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee: Judiciary. Andrew was one of the most productive legislators during his three terms in the legislature, sponsoring 49 bills that became public acts.

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986
B.B.A., with high distinction, University of Michigan, Michigan, 1982

Recognitions

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Government Relations Practice (2012-2022)

Recognized in 2020 and 2021 as one of the 500 most powerful business leaders in Metro Detroit by DBusiness

Memberships

Regent, University of Michigan

Legislator, Michigan State House of Representatives, 1997-2002

Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Drafting Committee of the Uniform Securities Act

Commissioner, Wayne County Board of Commissioners, 1993-1996

Councilman, Grosse Pointe Park City Council, 1991-1993

House Appropriations Subcommittee: Judiciary, former Member

House Criminal Law and Corrections Committee, former Member

House Family and Civil Law Committee, former Chair

House Gaming and Casino Oversight Committee, Former Member

House Insurance and Financial Services Committee, former Chair

House Redistricting and Elections Committee, former Vice-Chair

House Regulatory Affairs Committee, former Member

White House Intern, Office of Counsel to the President, 1985

State Bar Licenses

Michigan, New York, District of Columbia