Adams and Reese is pleased to announce experienced lobbyist Lisa McGill Sweatman has joined the firm’s Government Relations practice and Columbia, South Carolina office as a Government Affairs Advisor.
Sweatman has nearly 15 years of experience working in governmental affairs in the Columbia area and has worked closely with contacts within the South Carolina General Assembly, Governor’s office and state agencies to advance clients’ legislative agendas.
“Lisa is well known throughout South Carolina as a thoughtful and relentless advocate,” said Gif Thornton, Managing Partner of Adams and Reese. “Her experience addressing regulatory challenges and driving policy on topics such as sales tax make her an ideal partner for our clients in a wide range of industries. We are pleased to welcome Lisa to the firm and to introduce her as a resource to our clients across our regional footprint.”
Sweatman has worked to represent South Carolina retailers and educational institutions at the state level. She has developed strategy for and managed issues involving labor law, alcohol, pharmacy, grocery, tobacco, doctor pay reimbursements, graduate medical education, health government regulations and the South Carolina state budget, among others.
“I am proud to have worked with Lisa throughout her career while I served in the South of Carolina House of Representatives and as I made the transition to the government relations side. Lisa has earned a well-deserved reputation as respected and talented lobbyist, and Adams and Reese is incredibly lucky to have her as a member of our Government Relations team,” said Kenny Bingham, a Government Affairs Advisor in the firm’s Columbia office.
“Lisa’s industry experience complements our Government Relations team’s strengths and adds significant depth to our team. Over her career, Lisa has built strong relationships among South Carolina’s most influential policymakers. She knows how to build consensus to get things done,” added Jeff Brooks, a Partner at Adams and Reese in Washington, D.C. who chairs the firm’s Executive Committee.
From 2011–2018, Sweatman served as the Director of Government Relations for the South Carolina Retail Association, based in Columbia.
“I am looking forward to expanding my platform at Adams and Reese and working closely with my new colleagues on government relations matters in South Carolina and in Washington, D.C. It is exciting to join a team with such influence, not to mention strengths in developing strategy and policy,” Sweatman said.
Sweatman received her B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University in 1998. She is not licensed to practice law.