Bill Weber focuses his practice in the area of government policy, analyzing complex legislative and regulatory issues, formulating strategies for government relations and lobbying members of Congress on a range of matters including tax, trade, financial services, intellectual property, energy and healthcare issues. Bill also advises clients on various aspects of “political” law at the federal and state levels, including formation and operation of political action committees and ethics compliance.
Over the last seven years, Bill has worked closely with Members of Congress and staff on the Senate Finance, Judiciary, Appropriations and Energy Committees and the House Ways and Means, Financial Services and Energy and Commerce Committees to achieve important objectives for firm clients, including:
Bill has also worked on matters before the Treasury Department, the State Department, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the SEC and the EPA. Clients he has advised include trade associations, major U.S. multinationals, independent energy producers and hospitals. He is credentialed as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a designation that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of privacy practices and principles, and he is a contributor to BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog.
Bill’s primary background is federal legislative policy and procedure, having served as Counsel to Senator Richard Durbin on the Government Affairs Oversight Subcommittee and as Legislative Assistant to Senator Carl Levin. In these positions, Mr. Weber handled complex economic, tax, budget, trade, financial services and other issues, including the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA), the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations inquiry into gasoline price spikes, VA-HUD and related agency appropriations, and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Prior to his Senate career, Bill served as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives during the 91st General Assembly, where he analyzed and drafted legislation and advised on parliamentary procedure. He also previously handled civil litigation matters, including white collar fraud and contested estates at a large, multinational law firm.
Just prior to joining BakerHostetler, Bill spent a year in Germany as a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation, examining major economic, social and political issues facing Germany and the European Union through work experience in the German Parliament and private sector. Bill has also assisted clients with policy and diplomatic matters such as customs seizures, enforcement of intellectual property rights and issuance of visas.
Bill is a native of Chicago and past president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C.
* The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the CIPP/US designation is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.
1/3/2013 - President Obama Signs "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation into Law
4/27/2012 - 23rd Annual Legislative and U.S. Government Policy Seminar
8/19/2011 - Health Law Update—August 18, 2011