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Adams and Reese transportation and logistics partner, Matthew O. Paxton, has been named Partner in Charge of the firm’s Washington, DC office. Paxton joined Adams and Reese in 2015 having practiced law since 2001. He is an attorney and a lobbyist focusing his practice on maritime law and policy, fisheries law, natural resources development, and environmental and energy policy issues.

With five years of legislative and policy experience in the United States Senate, Paxton has a strong focus on the legislative process, including the appropriations and authorizations committees of Congress.

Paxton serves as President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) where he represents the United States commercial and government shipbuilding and ship repair industry; serves as the federal lobbyist for the Coastal Conservation Association, the nation’s largest marine conservation group dedicated to promoting the availability of coastal resources for the benefit of the general public; and regularly represents various trade association and other commercial clients on ocean policy issues before the Council on Environmental Quality, Administration officials, and federal regulators.

Paxton earned his J.D. in 2001 from Willamette University College of Law, and he received his B.A. in 1997 from the University of Washington in political science.