Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has announced that former Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman Bradley A. Smith, a leading authority on campaign finance, election law and government ethics, has joined the law firm as of counsel in the Government Relations and Lobbying Practice Group. Mr. Smith, who will also teach at Capital University Law School in Columbus, will practice in the firm's Columbus and Washington, DC offices.
Mr. Smith joins a growing campaign finance and election law practice led by Frederick E. Mills and Thomas R. Winters in Columbus and Brett G. Kappel and Randal C. Teague in Washington. Vorys provides the full array of campaign finance services to clients during this period of unprecedented changes in the political system at both the federal and state level.
Mr. Smith is a former chairman, vice chairman and commissioner of the Federal Election Commission. Nominated to the FEC by President Clinton in June 2000, he became vice chairman in 2003 and chairman in 2004. Mr. Smith's term ended August 21.
Mr. Smith, the author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform, has written and spoken extensively on campaign finance and election law issues. He has written articles forthe Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journaland the Pennsylvania Law Review .