Lauren O’Brien

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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New Hampshire Avenue Northwest 1333
Washington 20036 DC US

Lauren O’Brien advises clients on issues relating to tax and health policy, among others. She has more than seven years of experience as a House staffer and draws in particular on her involvement with the House Committee on Ways and Means. She provides proactive government affairs advice to clients as they look to develop successful lobbying and communication strategies.From 2005 to 2008, as part of Rep. Davis’ staff, Lauren assisted with work relating to the House Financial Services Committee, including efforts that led to the passage of two laws:

  • The Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act
  • Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.

Beginning in 2009, Lauren oversaw Rep. Davis’ work as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, including tax and health care issues. She was the key staffer during his tenure as chairman of the Human Resources Subcommittee.Lauren is also experienced with policy issues relating to appropriations, budget, economy and agriculture.

She managed the legislative process for 10 of Rep. Davis’ bills that passed the House, five of which were ultimately signed into law.During her time as a House staffer, Lauren was invited to speak on a number of panels for legislative conferences on issues ranging from health care to affordable housing.

In addition to her legislative experience, she played a crucial role in communication efforts for the office, including drafting op-eds, writing speeches and expanding its social media presence.Lauren has also assisted a number of political campaigns in a volunteer capacity, including Mitch Daniels for Governor, Geoff Davis for Congress and Team Ohio.


  • Previously served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for former Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY).
  • More than a decade of legislative and advocacy experience.

Representative Work:

  • Instrumental in helping clients to navigate various Affordable Care Act repeal and replace proposals.
  • Successfully assisted multiple clients in advocating for favorable policy changes during consideration of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, including key wins to preserve a modified Orphan Drug Tax Credit and oppose the “First-In, First-Out” (FIFO) tax calculation rules for securities sales.
  • Advised in securing appropriations line items for pro bono clients to assist veterans with readjustment and provide more addiction recovery opportunities in rural areas.


  • Networking Director, Saint Mary’s Washington, D.C., Alumnae Club.


  • B.A., Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame,magna cum laude


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