Doug Chalmers practices in the area of federal and state political law and litigation. Before establishing Chalmers Pak & Burch LLC, he was a partner in the Political Law and Litigation practice groups at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP.
Doug has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading political law attorneys in the nation. Politics magazine has identified him as one of the most influential Republicans in Georgia. Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine has also recognized Doug as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Doug advises political committees, corporations, nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, trade associations, elected officials, candidates, political parties, lobbyists and government agencies on the federal and state laws that govern involvement in political activities. This includes campaign finance, lobbying, election law, nonprofit law, FCC regulations, pay-to-play rules and government ethics. He provides compliance advice and also defends clients in litigation and administrative law proceedings.
As part of his practice, Doug has successfully defended clients in numerous high-profile cases, including many with significant media coverage. He also successfully defended a high-profile client against a complex bar complaint. He was the chief lawyer in Georgia for the McCain presidential campaign, and served as Co-Chair of Georgia Lawyers for Romney-Ryan in 2012. He is the Chairman of the Political Activities Subcommittee of the Nonprofit Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
Doug is a frequent speaker in the area of political law, and he has addressed seminars around the country. He has testified before legislative committees concerning government ethics, and is regularly contacted by the media on these issues. He frequently conducts ethics training seminars for elected officials, including at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators. His articles have been published in, and/or he has been quoted in, numerous publications, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Daily Beast; Engage; Fulton Daily Report; Huffington Post; and others.
Doug is also active in the community and in civic affairs. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. He is on the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association, and is the immediate past chairman of the RNLA’s Georgia chapter. He is active in the Federalist Society, serving on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter and also on the Executive Committee of the Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 27 in Johns Creek, Georgia, and he is also on the Board of Directors of The Will-to-Live Foundation, a teen suicide prevention organization.
Doug received his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. He was an editor of the Duke Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board, and he received the James S. Bidlake Award for Superior Achievement in Legal Research and Writing. He clerked for Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Doug is admitted to practice in Georgia and the District of Columbia.