Legislative and Public Policy
Former Congressman Jim Turner brings nearly a quarter century of public service experience at the federal, state, and local level to the clients of Arnold & Porter. During his four terms in the US House of Representatives, Mr. Turner, a former Captain in the US Army Reserve, served as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Ranking Member of the Terrorism Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, and Ranking Member of the Government Management and Technology Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His work after September 11, 2001 won praise from members of both parties for his leadership on critical issues affecting US security and his vigorous oversight of the agencies under the jurisdiction of his committees.
During his tenure in Congress, Mr. Turner served as co-chair of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition and as a Deputy Democratic Whip, where he worked to build support and consensus on key issues.
Mr. Turner served in state government as a member of the Texas Senate (1991-1996), a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1981-1984), and as Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative Liaison to Texas Governor Mark White (1985-1987). He also served as an appointee to the Texas State Ethics Commission and as mayor of his hometown. Following graduation from the University of Texas Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, Mr. Turner was a law clerk for the Texas Supreme Court.
Legislative and Public Policy Representative Matters
- Large utility company on proposed green house gas emission standards for existing power plants and other air quality standards by the US Environmental Protection Agency that placed significant burdens on the client.
- International Trade Association in developing and implementing a governmental relations-strategy to achieve federal requirements for the use of corrosion prevention technologies in federally funded bridge and water works projects.
- Coalition of liability insurers as the lead participant in successfully securing legislation to protect medical providers from medical malpractice lawsuits based on failure to comply with federal rules or regulations designed to promote quality and efficiency in the delivery of medicine.
- Large pharmaceutical company in various pharmaceutical issues at the federal and state levels including congressional and international efforts to restrict the use of a major product of the client.
- Top tier non-profit global management school alumni association in successfully representing it before the Department of Education in opposing a merger with a major for profit education corporation.
- Major Department of Defense security contractor in a congressional investigation alleging use of excessive force in providing security in Iraq.
- Major international consumer product manufacturer against federal agency efforts to ban the use of a significant product of the client.
and Charles A. Blanchard
"Striking the Balance: Privacy vs. Security
" ABA 9th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, Washington, DC, August 21, 2014
"The Innovation Economy: Navigating the Information Revolution
" (Speaker) Bipartisan Policy Center, December 3, 2013
"Aviation Security: A Better Way
" Washington Post Live, March 16, 2011
David P. Metzger
and Jim Turner
"The Effect of the New Administration on Acquisition: How, What, When, Why, and How Much?
" PSC (Professional Services Council), Deloitte and Arnold & Porter LLP, McLean, VA, February 10, 2009