As a member of Dentons’ Political Law, Ethics and Disclosure team, Benjamin P. Keane focuses his practice on the representation of elected officials, political candidates, PACs, political parties, corporations, non-profit organizations and other entities with respect to federal, state and local election law, political contributions, lobbying, and ethics matters.
In this capacity, Benjamin has counseled federal, state and local campaigns and political committees on a wide range of legal issues, and helped businesses and organizations of all sizes establish and maintain successful political law compliance frameworks.
He also has experience successfully assisting clients across the country with political law investigation and lobbying audit matters involving the Federal Election Commission, the Office of Congressional Ethics, the US House Committee on Ethics, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, and various other state and local regulatory bodies.
As part of his practice, Benjamin also counsels corporate clients on compliance with federal, state and local “pay-to-play” laws, and is a frequent contributor to the firm’s award-winning Pay to Play Law Blog, which is one of the leading online communities for the analysis of legislative, regulatory and legal developments affecting corporations and organizations that interact with, lobby and sell to government.
He is also a recurring contributor to the firm’s Politics, Law and Policy Blog, which provides bipartisan insight on public policy issues affecting a wide-range of industries. In representing clients across the country, Benjamin brings significant experience navigating the intersection of law, politics, and public policy.
Prior to joining Dentons, he served as a Visiting Legal Fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. During that time, he worked under the direction of former US Attorney General Ed Meese on a range of law and policy issues, established valuable relationships with Members of Congress, congressional staff and public policy organizations, and gained valuable expertise in legislative drafting and the composition of congressional testimony.
Having spent several years working in the Research, Communications, and Strategic Planning Departments of the Republican National Committee, he also has great familiarity with various aspects of political campaign work, including policy development, communications strategy, grassroots organization, and fundraising compliance.
Benjamin’s legal experience also extends to representing parties in white collar/government investigation matters and complex commercial litigation disputes. While working as an associate at another Am Law 100 law firm, he was a key contributor in a high-profile audit committee investigation of a Fortune 500 company and helped secure a summary judgment victory for a national financial entity in a multi-million dollar defamation action. In addition, he previously gained valuable experience working on fraud and criminal investigation matters while serving as a legal intern in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. While at UVA, he was a recipient of the Dillard Fellowship, which is given to recognize excellence in legal research and writing. Additionally, he served on the managing boards of The Journal of Law and Politics, The Federalist Society, and the Student Legal Forum.
- University of Virginia School of Law, 2006, JD
- Princeton University, 2001, BA
Admissions and qualifications:
- District of Columbia
- Served as Outside Deputy National Campaign Counsel to Newt 2012, the presidential campaign committee of former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.
- Served as Outside Co-Counsel to the campaign committees of multiple US Senators, Members of the US House of Representatives, and other federal candidates.
- Served as Outside Co-Counsel to the campaign committees of numerous Governors, statewide officials, state legislators, local officials, and other candidates for state and local office across the US
- Counseled Members of Congress, federal candidates, and their campaign committees on compliance with federal campaign finance, election, gift and ethics laws.
- Represented the campaign committees of federal elected officials and candidates in investigative matters conducted by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
- Counseled financial and investment advising firms and a range of government contracting clients on the development, implementation and monitoring of compliance systems designed to protect against violations of federal, state and local “pay-to-play” laws.
- Counseled Fortune 500 and other corporate clients on the development, implementation and monitoring of campaign finance, PAC, gift and ethics compliance frameworks at the federal, state and local levels.
- Drafted political law, ethics and lobbying compliance policies for both corporate and governmental clients.
- Advised corporate clients on the political law and government affairs ramifications of mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs.
Community Involvement and Pro Bono:
- Federalist Society, Atlanta and Washington DC Lawyers Chapters
- Princeton Club of Washington & Princeton Club of Georgia
- Republican National Lawyers Association, Vice-Chair of GOP Presidential Ballot Access Initiative
- University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Class and Regional Liaison
- State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Ethics & Professionalism and Legislative Affairs Committees
- University of Virginia, National Trial Advocacy College, 2006 Graduate
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