Theodore H. Bornstein is a partner in Foley's Public Affairs and White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practices and a member of the Automotive Industry Team. As Foley's most senior lobbyist, he oversees the federal lobbying practice in Foley's Washington, D.C. office and also works with an experienced Political Law team to advise clients on permissible political involvement at the federal and state level, and to counsel clients on government ethics questions.
As a member of the White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practice, Mr. Bornstein uses his experience as a Congressional staff member to assist clients who are being investigated by Congressional Committees.
Mr. Bornstein has successfully counseled clients on appropriations requests ranging from defense research and development programs to economic development funding to housing initiatives to law enforcement communications. He also has worked successfully for clients for changes in tax laws, highway fund changes, health care pilot projects, and base closure challenges.
As chief of staff for Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, he formulated legislative outreach strategies and programs and oversaw the operation of several offices of more than 40 staff. Mr. Bornstein also served as chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Les Aspin, developing projects and legislation to serve constituents in Wisconsin's First Congressional District. His first congressional position was that of chief of staff and legislative counsel for Rep. Cecil Heftel of Hawaii, where he specialized in tax policy and defense issues.
During the tenure of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, Mr. Bornstein served as the director of the Defense Reinvestment Task Force for the Office of the Secretary, where he served as the secretary's liaison to the White House staff and the National Economic Council concerning base closure and reuse issues. He also represented the secretary at state and local meetings.
Prior to his work in Congress and the executive branch, Mr. Bornstein established and directed the state of Missouri's Washington, D.C. office, representing and promoting the state's interests for more than six years on behalf of Governors Joe Teasdale (DEM) and Kit Bond (REP). Mr. Bornstein also worked on federal and state relations in the office of the governor of Illinois in his Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices.more » « less