As a former senior House leadership staffer, Aaron Cutler contributes high-level knowledge of policy and regulatory matters to his practice at Hogan Lovells. Now a partner and leader of our Government Relations and Public Affairs (GRPA) practice, he lobbies Congress in insurance and financial services; energy; sports and entertainment; and technology, media, and telecom sectors.

Aaron has a depth of experience regarding congressional oversight and investigations. He is the group’s lead contact on such matters and regularly provides strategic advice to clients so they may navigate complex investigations. He has represented clients before Congress and the Executive Branch on a variety of issues such as Covid-19 related oversight, baby food standards, organ procurement policies, and cryptocurrency policy. Aaron has also helped navigate over a dozen clients successfully through congressional investigations and recently assisted a client win approval of a significant financial transaction.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Aaron served as senior advisor for Policy and Outreach for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). He was the Leader's direct liaison to the House Committees on Financial Services, Natural Resources, and Energy and Commerce, and helped shepherd more than 100 bills on the floor. Aaron coordinated legislative strategy with Chairmen, members and their staff, and other Leadership and Committee offices, and led outreach efforts to the business and finance community. In 2018, he presented congressional testimony before the Subcommittee of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the House Committee of Financial Services related to FinTech.

Aaron’s Hill career began as a lawyer on the Energy and Commerce Committee staff under Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), where he focused on energy and environment policy. He advanced to deputy policy director and counsel under Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) with a broad policy portfolio. Aaron served as a senior policy advisor and counsel on the House Committee on Natural Resources under Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA).

While in New York, he was an associate at two different international law firms, where he worked on futures and derivatives law, formed new private investment funds, and structured complex financial instruments.

Awards and recognitions

2021

Government Relations (Nationwide)
Chambers USA

2015-2021

Government: Government Relations
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2004

B.A., The George Washington University, 2002

Memberships

Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 2003-2004

Graduate Student Instructor, Intro to American Politics, University of Michigan, 2004

Member, Montgomery County Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee, 2011-2012

Member, Law360's Banking Editorial Advisory Board, 2022

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

New York

Representative experience

Represent private holding company before Congress and Executive Branch on management and portfolio company level issues in areas such as sports, media, entertainment, insurance, and FinTech.

Represent global insurance company on federal advocacy and policy matters.

Represent leading sports and entertainment company on federal policy matters.

Represent hedge and private equity funds on issues such as housing finance, bankruptcy, securities reform, foreign investment, market structure, appropriations, and investments the funds consider.

Represent sovereign governments on matters related to the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch.

Represent higher education institution on appropriations and other funding-related matters.

Represent medical device, pharma, and other health care-related clients seeking CMS, FDA, and other related approvals before the Congress and the Executive Branch, with several successes.

Represent U.S. company building liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Vietnam.

Represent Korean battery manufacturer on trade policy-related matters before the Congress and Executive Branch.

Represent U.S.-based telecommunications company on policy before Congress and represented Chinese telecommunications company on trade and telecommunications policy.

Set up and established several coalitions including on matters related to cell biology (tissue research), small airlines, and seasonal entertainment.

Represented global tobacco company on FDA and trade related matters before Congress, including House Republican Leadership.

Represented U.S.-based refinery on renewable fuel standard (RFS) policy before the U.S. EPA and U.S. Congress.

Counsel to organ procurement organizations (OPOs) subject to a congressional inquiry concerning organ transplant practices.

Counsel to live entertainment company subject to a congressional inquiry concerning ticket pricing and prepared CEO to testify.

Counsel to a leading educational institution subject to a congressional inquiry concerning sexual harassment allegations against scientists and researchers within the scientific community.

Prepared global security services CEO to testify before Congressional Committee on Afghanistan security.

Participated in murder board sessions to assist senior executives preparing to testify before Congress.

Represented a waste water solutions and clean technology company in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, providing transactional/IP counsel, and a utility company to provide energy regulatory advice.

Drafted mortgage relief program for sovereign Caribbean government.

Submitted brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing for reversal of the Ninth Circuit’s extension of federal-discharge permitting over groundwater on the grounds that it violates the Clean Water Act.

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