Ms. Garvie represents transportation, media, retail, and other business clients before the Congress and federal agencies on issues dealing with economic, safety, and security regulation, advertising and programming restrictions, and taxes and trade. She also provides customized intelligence and analysis to institutional investors and hedge funds on a broad range of federal legislative and regulatory activities that impact their investments. Among other matters, she led the firm’s successful efforts to create federal funding programs in rail safety and security legislation to help pay for the deployment of Positive Train Control technology; help ensure that the legislation implementing the Colombia Free Trade Act included the duty-free treatment of flower imports on a retroactive basis; and block proposed legislation to repeal the last-in-first-out method of accounting for tax purposes.
Before joining the firm, she was chief counsel to the Subcommittees on Aviation; Surface Transportation; and Business, Trade, and Tourism of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the U.S. Senate, as well as counsel to the full committee. During her tenure with the committee from 1981 to 1987, she advised the senators on virtually all legislation affecting the regulation of the railroad, airline and trucking industries, as well as legislation providing for the sale of Conrail and the Alaska Railroad, and the transfer of Dulles and National Airports in Washington, D.C.
From 1978 to 1980 Ms. Garvie worked as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1980, she was detailed from the commission to the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation Committee to help develop and draft the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 and other transportation legislation. She also served as counsel to former U.S. Congressman Robert B. Duncan of Oregon from 1976 to 1978.