Jamie Conrad has practiced law in Washington D.C. for 33 years, helping organizations accomplish their goals in the federal regulatory and legislative processes. With 14 years of experience at the American Chemistry Council and even more practicing privately on his own and at major national law firms, Conrad has a broad and sophisticated perspective on how to achieve results and defend interests in those environments.
Conrad is an expert in the field of environment, health & safety, where he specializes in how science is used to support regulation and policy. He also focuses on homeland security, particularly in the areas of chemical facility security and information protection. Through the years, he has also worked across a wide range of other administrative law subjects. This work has included:
Conrad has extensive legislative experience, playing a central role in enactment of legislation:
Conrad works with Congressional staff to educate them, guide oversight, and draft and negotiate legislative language and legislative history, in both the authorizing and appropriations context. His successful approach is to be a nonpartisan, reliable source of authoritative expertise to members and staff.
Conrad has a long track record helping private entities engage with government agencies in innovative projects that offer mutual benefits. He understands how to balance assertiveness and tact and how to craft solutions that meet both parties' needs. He is also skilled at bridge-building with NGOs and other third parties to build on common interests.
Conrad is particularly skilled at translating highly complex and technical subjects into clear and even engaging presentations. This enables him not only to explain his clients' situations and critical needs to government officials, but also to help clients understand the arcane and user-unfriendly regulatory programs that confront them. From understanding comes opportunity.
Conrad's value proposition is to offer top-quality legal skills and personal attention to clients' matters in a way that large law firms increasingly cannot -- in effect, providing partner-level services at associate rates. Where appropriate, he can draw on the services of other lawyers senior and more junior as affiliates. From his years managing outside counsel and conducting most of his own legal work at ACC, he is highly efficient and cost conscious. He also understands communications and the importance of external relations in advocacy efforts.
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I've written an article arguing that the Lautenberg amendments did not change the "null hypothesis" for new chemical reviews--because there isn't one. A shorter version was published in the June 2017 Chemical Watch Global Business Briefing.
Here's the article
New TSCA puts risk assessment at center stage. How will it perform? See Keith Belton's and my article in the Fall 2016 issue of Issues in Science & Technology.
Here's a link to the article
I have a post in RegBlog arguing that if we can fix TSCA, we can fix the older and just as dysfunctional OSH Act.
Here's a link to the post
I helped secure enactment of a new statute to improve permitting of major infrastructure projects.
Here is a memo I drafted on the new law.
I've published a letter in Science challenging the opponents of regulatory science legislation to offer some good faith proposals of their own.
Here's the link (subscription required)
I have a post in RegBlog on the merits of "sue and settle" legislation -- and how the controversy over such issues is making it almost impossible to talk rationally about the opportunities for more important regulatory improvements.
Here's a link to the RegBlog series on sue and settle
I've coauthored an article in the February 2013 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives on promoting disclosure of data used in evaluations of pesticides and other chemicals.
Here's the link to the article
I've authored a chapter on "Reconciling the Scientific and Regulatory Timetables" in a book entitled Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science.
Here's the link to the book
I've coauthored a review in the June 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives on criteria for assessing the credibility of scientific work:
Here's the link to the article
The ABA's book Homeland Security: Legal & Policy Issues has two chapters by me: "Information Protection" and "Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards":
Here's the link to the book in the ABA's online store
I obtained a SAFETY Act designation for the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care Security Code:
Click on this link and then search for "Responsible Care" under "Approved Technologies"
Here's a chart I did for the Chemical Security Summit comparing CVI, SSI & PCII:
CVI-SSI-PCII comparison chart