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Inaugurations and Transitions: Campaign Finance, Lobby, Gift and Pay-to-Play Implications

Speaker(s): Patricia M. Zweibel
Recorded on: Nov. 16, 2016
PLI Program #: 198370

Patricia M. Zweibel
Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Political Law

Patricia Zweibel advises clients on government affairs matters at the federal, state and local levels, including ethics, lobbying, pay-to-play, conflict-of-interest and campaign finance.

Ms. Zweibel is known for her experience with state and federal pay-to-play laws, particularly SEC pay-to-play Rule 206(4)-5, and she advises clients extensively on compliance policies, procedures and implementation. She conducts employee training sessions on pay-to-play compliance and works with clients on internal investigations and SEC audits. She also advises on the placement agent rules and policies of state and local public pension systems.

Ms. Zweibel represents clients before federal enforcement agencies such as the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Department of Justice, and before state enforcement agencies and ethics commissions. She regularly advises clients on federal and state lobby registration laws, in particular compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. She also advises clients on municipal advisor issues under Dodd-Frank, and on compliance issues raised under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (the STOCK Act), which confirms that insider trading provisions in the ‘34 Act and Rule 10b-5 apply to Congress and other federal officials.

Ms. Zweibel also counsels clients on the tax law issues raised by government affairs activity, including issues of tax-exempt entities engaged in political affairs and lobbying, the tax treatment of lobbying expenses, and grassroots lobbying. In addition, she advises clients on tax matters of IRC Section 527 organizations (PACs).

Ms. Zweibel is a co-author of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities Deskbook.”


LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2009 (with distinction; Dean’s List)
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2000 (with honors)
B.M., Eastman School of Music, 1984

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Co-Author, “Corporate Political Activities Deskbook,” Practising Law Institute (2012)

Professional Experience

Senior Counsel (2006-2008) and Attorney-Adviser (2000-2006), Internal Revenue Service, Office of Associate Chief Counsel, Income Tax & Accounting