Jim Brandell, Chief of Staff for Former Ways And Means Chairman, Joins Dykema

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 13:32

Dykema has announced the addition of Jim Brandell as a government policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Brandell previously served for more than a decade as chief of staff for immediate past House Ways and Means chairman and U.S. congressman Dave Camp of Michigan’s 4th Congressional District. 

With more than 20 years of government relations experience on state, federal and international levels, Mr. Brandell brings an extensive background in crafting and implementing legislative and political strategy to Dykema. While chief of staff for Congressman Camp, he led Camp’s team on successful legislative issues, including trade agreement implementation, the first comprehensive tax reform bill in a generation and healthcare reform proposals. Mr. Brandell also served as Representative Camp’s chief liaison with congressional leadership and the White House, and regularly managed the congressman’s political and fundraising activities.

Mr. Brandell has also held leadership roles at the state level, serving as deputy chief of staff to Michigan Governor John Engler, where he acted as the chief liaison to all state and national political organizations and managed several administrative divisions.

In addition to his stateside work, Mr. Brandell has worked for an international nonprofit, where he opened its Serbia office and managed large U.S. government grants, conducted country-wide focus groups, developed public opinion surveys and organized election monitoring missions. He also serves on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Washington, D.C., where he has been recognized as the organization’s top fund raiser for the past two years. 

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