Ken Mehlman helps clients manage risk and seize opportunities at the nexus of business and public policy. He draws upon vast experience managing the highest profile crises in government and politics to focus his practice on legislative and regulatory counseling, sensitive transactions, crisis management and climate change.
Mr. Mehlman recently served as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Previously, he was campaign manager for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, which reporter Charlie Cook called "the best planned, best executed presidential campaign ever." Michael Barone, author of the Almanac of American Politics, compared Mehlman’s success to Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s, particularly in their revolutionary approaches to identifying new customers and constituents. Mr. Mehlman also served in high level positions in Congress and the White House, including as White House political director during President George W. Bush’s first term.
Mr. Mehlman received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1988 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.
Mr. Mehlman is a trustee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Franklin & Marshall College and the Strong American Schools Foundation. He also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Climate Change Task Force, the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and the executive leadership cabinet of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation.