Eli Schooley is a third-year associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and focuses his practice on political law and government ethics; trade policy; and tax and appropriations advocacy.
On behalf of public companies, nonprofits, and other entities, Eli has devised federal Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and state lobbying and political ethics compliance programs, successfully defended entities in ethics investigations, and counseled executives regarding independent expenditures, outside advocacy groups, and election law compliance in the lead-up to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In addition, Eli counsels clients regarding compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), having assisted at all stages of the review and investigation process associated with the growing enforcement of the law. Further, Eli has assisted in the formation and governance of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, political action committees, and independent expenditure-only committees (Super PACs). Eli is a co-author of “A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities,” released by K&L Gates, and periodically delivers lobbying and gift compliance trainings for clients.
With regard to trade policy, Eli has counseled multiple companies through the process of applying for exemption from tariffs imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, saving companies, in total, over $30 million from 2018-2020. In addition, Eli has advised government entities, trade associations, and corporate entities on trade policy compliance and developments, and has devised national campaigns to shape public opinion with regard to certain trade policy issues.
Eli also assists clients with federal tax and appropriations advocacy. Leading up to and following the passage of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he assisted clients with legislative and regulatory comment letter drafting, and worked to inform stakeholders regarding the latest tax policy developments emerging from both the legislative and executive branches. Eli has also worked extensively to guide clients through Congress’ annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and appropriations processes, having assisted clients in procuring specific language and adequate funding for priorities in the Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Homeland Security, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-HUD bills. Finally, Eli has worked to form and maintain coalition groups within the healthcare and international aid domains, and has planned and executed “fly-in” advocacy efforts for numerous clients.
Eli is experienced at monitoring and tracking legislation and developments in various other policy areas, including financial services, higher education, and defense. On a biweekly basis, he prepares and presents political and electoral analyses of House, Senate, and Presidential races to inform the allocation of funds from the K&L Gates PAC, one of the largest law firm political action committees in the nation.
Prior to joining the firm, Eli attended the University of Virginia School of Law and Kansas State University, serving as Student Body President at the latter. He has volunteered for various local and statewide political campaigns in his home state of Kansas, and has completed public policy-related internships at the local, state, and federal levels.