Richard A. “Rick” Zechini has the background to navigate complex legal and public policy issues. Based out of Williams Mullen’s Raleigh office, Rick works with clients on state government relations, legislative advocacy, campaign finance, electioneering, ethics, procurement, financial services, tax, regulatory, environmental and corporate grassroots matters. He brings experience developed over fifteen years as a legislative staffer and lobbyist.
At Progress Energy, Rick was responsible for developing and implementing a legislative strategy to promote the company’s business and strategic objectives. He served as the company’s chief registered lobbyist in North Carolina, responsible for all lobbying activities at the General Assembly and key relationships in the Office of Governor. He also directed strategy for utilizing grassroots and third-party actions on legislative and environmental issues.
As director of government affairs for the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® for nine years, Rick was responsible for managing the government affairs department for the 37,000 member trade association that included legislative and regulatory affairs, political fundraising, grassroots and electioneering activities.
While serving as a staff attorney at the North Carolina General Assembly, Rick provided legal services for various legislative committees and study commissions. He conducted legal research on statutory and regulatory issues; drafted legislation and legal memoranda; and provided explanations and analysis of legislation.
Rick earned his J.D. from Washington & Lee University and his B.S. in economics from North Carolina State University.