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R. Paul Stimers

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Mr. Stimers focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and industry associations in pursuing legislation and representing their interests before Congress and federal agencies.

As policy counsel to several major commercial spaceflight companies and the leading industry association for commercial spaceflight, Paul has been active in helping the industry grow quickly and safely, while continuing to support a strong role for NASA in space exploration. He has addressed a wide variety of areas of space law and policy, including: licensing and permitting of launch and reentry; liability, insurance, and indemnification; property rights in space; manufacturing and resource utilization in space; air and space traffic management; and debris mitigation.

In the field of information technology policy, Paul works with software companies and industry associations to ensure data and network security without restricting technological development. He has helped manage industry-wide efforts to prevent technology mandates while improving security. He has also assisted companies in developing privacy policies that protect consumers’ personal information while enabling new products and services. He was actively involved in matters relating to Internet governance during the recent transition of DNS authority. He founded the Quantum Industry Coalition, a group of quantum computing, communications, and cryptography companies working to advance U.S. leadership in the field.

In addition to his work with emerging technologies, Paul works extensively with nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of the world’s poorest people. He helped to pass the Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which created a framework for the United States to help provide millions of people with sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and the Water for the World Act of 2014, which further expanded US efforts to improve access. Since 2005, he has helped direct more than $1.5 billion toward providing water and sanitation to those who need it most. He also advises organizations supporting funding for broader US poverty-focused development assistance.


Mr. Stimers was listed among the “40 Under 40: K Street’s New Generation of Lobbyists” by The Washingtonian.


Most recently, Mr. Stimers was nationally ranked by Chambers USA 2015 under “Government: Government Relations (Up and Coming).”


Mr. Stimers is a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Returning to the Moon,” Escape Velocity 2018, National Harbor, MD, May 25, 2018
  • Speaker, “Space Law - Near-Earth Objects: Properties, Detection, Resources, Impacts and Defending Earth,” Munich, Germany, May 15 and May 29, 2018
  • Speaker, “Quantum Computing and U.S. Competitiveness,” Advanced Computing Roundtable, Washington, D.C., April 11, 2018
  • Speaker, “Space Basics: Satellites, Asteroid Mining, and More,” ABA Forum on Air and Space Law: 2017 Update Conference, Washington, D.C., February 24, 2017
  • Speaker, “Policy Measures in Support of Asteroid Mining and Resource Extraction in the Solar System,” Dupont Summit 2016 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Issues, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2016
  • Speaker, “Government & Industry Viewpoints,” 11th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law, Washington, D.C., December 7, 2016
  • Speaker, “The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act,” The Law and Economics of Space Policy, Arlington VA, October 15, 2016
  • Speaker, “What Does the Commercial Space Industry Need to Take Flight?,” The Law and Economics of Space Policy, Arlington VA, October 15, 2016
  • Speaker, “What You Should Know About Social Media Even If You Don’t Tweet,” Women in Housing and Finance, Washington DC, February 6, 2014
  • Speaker, “Hill Days vs. District Fly-Ins,” Association of Government Relations Professionals, Washington DC, February 19, 2014
  • Moderator, "Air and Space Traffic Management in the National Airspace System," ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, New York City, September 27, 2013
  • Moderator, "Promoting the Innovation Economy" Forum at the National Press Club, hosted by the Coalition of Small Business Innovators, December 12, 2013