Attorney Zach Butterworth has joined Adams and Reese’s government relations practice and New Orleans office as special counsel.
Butterworth brings extensive experience in government relations to the firm. He advises clients on law, public policy and government relations matters in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. He has strong, bipartisan relationships with federal, state and local public officials, spanning previous and current administrations.
Butterworth has led persuasive coalitions across a spectrum of policy areas. On the federal level, he has worked closely with Louisiana’s congressional delegation and with key staff and members on the Senate and House Committees relevant to the interests of Louisiana.
In Baton Rouge, he has worked closely with the Governor’s office, cabinet officials and legislators on behalf of the City of New Orleans. In addition, he was a member of emergency response teams managing preparation, response and communication during a number of natural disasters.
“I’m excited to join Adams and Reese’s formidable government relations team. After nearly eight years working across all levels of government, I am eager to focus on developing strategies to solve our client’s toughest problems at the federal, state, and local levels,” said Butterworth.
Immediately prior to joining Adams and Reese, Butterworth served as the Executive Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of New Orleans, overseeing all intergovernmental affairs and acting as the primary liaison for legislative negotiations with all federal, state and local elected officials and more than 100 boards and commissions. As a member of emergency response teams, he managed response and communication during a number of natural disasters, including the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans’ response to recent flooding.
Prior to that, Butterworth served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as former legislative director to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and senior counsel to current chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Cedric Richmond. In Washington, Butterworth focused on the issues important to Louisiana, such as operations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA; coastal restoration; and the energy, transportation and chemical sectors.
Butterworth received his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2009 and his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 2005.