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Former White House Review Office Chief of Staff Joins Firm (1)

Sept. 9, 2019, 4:45 PMUpdated: Sept. 9, 2019, 9:14 PM

The former chief of staff at the White House’s regulatory review office is now director of government regulation at Clark Hill PLC, the firm announced Sept. 9.

Anthony Campau served on President Donald Trump’s transition team before becoming the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ chief of staff and counsel.

He left the position in March to clerk for Neomi Rao, a former OIRA administrator, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Former chief economist on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Satya Thallam took his place as counsel to the new acting administrator in August.

“We expect his intimate knowledge of policy making from his work as OIRA Chief of Staff will enable us to help the firm’s clients in a way that few firms at the Federal level can offer,” Kevin Kelly, government and public affairs practice leader, said in a statement.

The firm understands “the importance and complexities of the regulatory environment, and they are committed to helping clients to successfully navigate and operate within it,” Campau said. He will work in Clark Hill’s Washington and Detroit offices.

OIRA gained new authority over tax regulations in the spring of 2018, overturning a 35-year arrangement during which the office steered clear of tax rules.

Kristin Hickman, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and OIRA’s first tax-specific hire, left the office earlier this year. She served as the office’s special adviser starting in April 2018.

(Updates with details on Campau's clerkship and replacement in third paragraph. Earlier version corrected timing of his departure from OIRA.)

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