Mateo Forero is an Associate with Holtzman Vogel, focusing his practice in the areas of campaign finance, election law, government ethics, lobbying disclosure, and tax-exempt issues. He provides counsel on a variety of matters, including the Lobbying Disclosure Act, federal and state gift rules, conflicts of interest restrictions, FEC requirements, and state election laws.
Prior to joining the Holtzman Vogel, Mateo served as Deputy Ethics Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he advised senior Department officials on ethics matters. He also advised VA employees nationwide on issues arising from the Executive Branch Standards of Conduct, the Hatch Act, and federal financial disclosure requirements. Previously, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor and provided counsel on major rulemakings and advisory opinions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. Before that, Mateo counseled Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and political organizations on federal and state campaign finance and election law, government ethics, lobbying, and nonprofit taxation as an attorney with a prominent law firm.
Mateo earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law with a Certificate in Government Affairs, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. While in law school, he served as Acquisitions Editor of the Alabama Law Review and was an award-winning member of the Moot Court Board. Mateo has published several academic articles on subjects ranging from lobbying disclosure to the redistricting process.
Mateo is a member of the Alabama, Maryland and DC Bars, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He serves on the board of trustees of Sight Savers America, and is a member of the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association.