Women in Business Law: Lobbying for Business

April 10, 2019 | 3/27/19 12:10 pm

The Women in Business Law Series welcomes women attorneys who are lobbyists, to talk about their experiences lobbying for business and how their legal education and work as an attorney inform their work and influenced their careers. Speakers will also discuss ethical decision-making in business for the common good, leadership and career choices for attorneys for worthwhile work. Panelists include Moritz alumnae Debra Dixon, a lobbyist for TwinLogic Strategies, in Washington D.C., Nichole Francis Reynolds, Attorney & Vice President-Public Policy at Mastercard in Washington D.C., and Lauren Huddleston, a lobbyist for Grant Street Consultants in Columbus. Moritz College of Law Professor Cinnamon Carlarne will moderate.

This event is open only to students of the Moritz College of Law.
Registration is REQUIRED to attend.


Debra Dixon

Debra is a lobbyist for TwinLogic Strategies, a boutique and deliberately bipartisan government relations firm in Washington D.C. TwinLogic is listed as a ‘Top Women-Owned Influence Shop’ by Politico and appears on The Hill’s ‘Top Lobbyists’.

Debra joined the TwinLogic team in September 2016, bringing broad substantive experience and deep ties after more than two decades of working for Congress and the Administration—particularly on international trade policy and immigration, with involvement in diversity and inclusion, education, tax, intellectual property, technology and telecommunications.

Debra served as chief of staff to Congressman Xavier Becerra from 2005 to 2014 with oversight of his Capitol, district and Democratic Caucus leadership offices.  She first joined Congressman Becerra’s team as counsel to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus under his chairmanship in the 105th Congress, and was responsible for issues relating to immigration, economic development, and the federal budget. Subsequent roles in the office included legislative director and trade counsel.

Debra started her career as a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, first as a law clerk in the Chicago Immigration Court and leaving DOJ as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Board of Immigration Appeals. Her most recent role in the federal government was as chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Debra earned a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and an LL.M. with an emphasis on international trade from Georgetown University Law Center.

Nichole Francis Reynolds

Nichole is Attorney & Vice President-Public Policy at Mastercard in Washington D.C. Nichole shapes and promotes Mastercard’s public policy interests in the areas of interchange, tax, trade, privacy, cybersecurity, data security, fintech, intellectual property (patent, copyright and trademark laws), and emerging payments. She works with Members of Congress, White House Administration officials, Federal Agencies, industry associations and coalitions on global payment issues and interests of importance to Mastercard, and leverages relationships in public and private sector to develop business development opportunities in emerging payments space.

Before joining Mastercard, Nichole served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), and for Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH). She also served as Deputy Campaign Manager for a national senate campaign, Assistant National Field Director for John Kerry for President, Inc., was Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security and District Director to former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

Nichole was an Associate Attorney for Baker Donelson, where she advised and represented companies, municipalities and non-profits on a variety of legal issues, including business, finance, energy, elections, economic development, among others. Reynolds was also an Associate Attorney at BakerHostetler.

Nichole earned a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University, and a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Lauren Huddleston

Lauren is a lobbyist for Grant Street Consultants, the bipartisan team firm in Columbus, Ohio.  Grant Street clients represent corporations, associations, non-profits, local governments and educational institutions.

Prior to joining Grant Street Consultants, Lauren served as a law clerk in the Senate Republican Caucus in the office of Senate President Keith Faber.  In addition to her public sector experience, Lauren also served as the research assistant to nationally recognized election law expert Professor Edward Foley. During her undergraduate education at Georgetown she worked in Ohio’s 2nd District Congressional office and at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government with honors from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School and a J.D. from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.  As the philanthropy chair both at Georgetown and the Moritz College of Law, Lauren has extensive fundraising and advancement experience and was recognized for her extraordinary contributions to the law school community. She holds a certificate in basic mediation training from Franklin County.  Lauren currently serves on the Georgetown Alumni Leadership Committee and as a mentor for the Ohio State law student mentorship program.

The Women in Business Law Speakers Series features women lawyers who impact business, who share with law students their expertise and experience.