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William McGinley


William McGinley is a Partner at Holtzman Vogel.  He has spent more than two decades in Washington, D.C. helping clients navigate the difficult intersection of law and politics.

Prior joining the Firm, McGinley served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary in the White House and was responsible for managing the Office of Cabinet Affairs (OCA).  As the former head of OCA, McGinley served as the primary liaison between the White House and the Cabinet of the United States. McGinley also organized the President’s Cabinet Meetings, communications, policy implementation, logistics between the White House and Cabinet Members, and helped manage issues affecting multiple departments and agencies.  

Prior to joining the Administration, McGinley was a partner in two international law firms where he represented Members of Congress, candidates, and corporations in investigations before the Office of Congressional Ethics and the House and Senate Ethics Committees, enforcement matters before the Federal Election Commission and state agencies, and in grand jury proceedings. He also advised corporations and trade associations regarding the design and implementation of political law compliance programs, and candidates, political party committees, and outside groups regarding election law issues such as the establishment and operation of independent expenditure units.

McGinley also has extensive experience with presidential campaigns.  He managed the delegate whip team during the 2016 Republican National Convention, served as counsel to the 2012 Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business, and represented parties in delegate contests before the Credentials Committee at the 2012 Republican National Convention.  McGinley has played a significant role in the national convention delegate process since the 1996 Republican National Convention.

Earlier in his career, McGinley served as general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (“NRSC”). In this capacity he advised the NRSC and Republican senatorial campaign committees regarding ethics, campaign finance, ballot access, and other election law issues. He also served as deputy counsel to the Republican National Committee (“RNC”), where he served as counsel to the RNC Standing Committee on Rules, which makes recommendations to the national conventions concerning the Rules of the Republican Party and national convention delegate selection and allocation procedures.

McGinley was a contributing author for a chapter in the American Bar Association’s Lobbying Manual, 5th edition and was frequently quoted on political law topics in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico.  He also served as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University Law School where he taught campaign finance.

McGinley received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School where he graduated with honors, his Master of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles.

He was named a “Top Lawyer” for campaign and election law by The Washingtonian and was nationally ranked in government for political law in Chambers USA.  He also chaired The George Washington University Law School’s Political Law Studies Initiative (PLSI) Steering Committee, a bipartisan committee of political law attorneys who advise the PLSI on curriculum, events, and developments in the political law space.

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