Matthew Paxton

Partner

655 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 225    
Washington, DC  20005  

t 202.772.5556  
f 202.783.6947

mpaxton@balljanik.com

 

“We combine a passionate interest in our clients’ businesses with a deep knowledge of how they can work with Congress and Federal agencies to advance their interests and the interests of the nation.”

Matthew Paxton is an attorney and lobbyist whose practice focuses on maritime law and policy, fisheries law, natural resources development, and environmental policy issues. With five years of legislative and policy experience in the U.S. Senate, he has a strong focus on the legislative process, including the appropriations and authorizations committees of Congress. Mr. Paxton is President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) where he represents the U.S. commercial shipbuilding and ship repair industry. Working directly with member CEOs, he develops and implements the organization’s policy goals through legislation in Congress and advocacy before the Executive branch. He also leads the SCA’s quarterly membership meetings and events.

In addition to his work for SCA, Mr. Paxton handles a broad client base focused on other maritime and fishery issues. He is the federal lobbyist for the Coastal Conservation Association, the nation’s largest marine conservation group dedicated to promoting the availability of coastal resources for the benefit of the general public. He regularly represents his association and commercial clients on ocean policy issues before the Council on Environmental Quality, Administration officials and federal regulators.

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“We combine a passionate interest in our clients’ businesses with a deep knowledge of how they can work with Congress and Federal agencies to advance their interests and the interests of the nation.”

Matthew Paxton is an attorney and lobbyist whose practice focuses on maritime law and policy, fisheries law, natural resources development, and environmental policy issues. With five years of legislative and policy experience in the U.S. Senate, he has a strong focus on the legislative process, including the appropriations and authorizations committees of Congress. Mr. Paxton is President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) where he represents the U.S. commercial shipbuilding and ship repair industry. Working directly with member CEOs, he develops and implements the organization’s policy goals through legislation in Congress and advocacy before the Executive branch. He also leads the SCA’s quarterly membership meetings and events.

In addition to his work for SCA, Mr. Paxton handles a broad client base focused on other maritime and fishery issues. He is the federal lobbyist for the Coastal Conservation Association, the nation’s largest marine conservation group dedicated to promoting the availability of coastal resources for the benefit of the general public. He regularly represents his association and commercial clients on ocean policy issues before the Council on Environmental Quality, Administration officials and federal regulators.

Prior to joining Ball Janik in 2006, Mr. Paxton served as Senior Counsel on Maritime, Oceans and Atmosphere for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In this position, Mr. Paxton had the opportunity to work on broad policy areas of the full Senate Commerce Committee and the development of specific pieces of legislation, such as Coast Guard authorization bills, the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other legislation related to ocean policy and climate change. Prior to joining the Commerce Committee, he served as Legislative Director for Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) from 2004 until 2005. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Stevens focusing on a variety of issues from transportation policy to space programs.

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Practice Areas

Education

J.D., 2001
Willamette University College of Law

B.A., Political Science, 1997
University of Washington

Admissions

Washington

Events

  • Executive Summit: Marine Finance 2010 Industry Associate Executive Panel

  • 12/01/2010

  • New Orleans, LA

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  • Relevancy of the Jones Act

  • 10/05/2010

  • Manhattan, NY

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