Mr. Deschauer is a partner in the public policy and government contracts practice groups. He concentrates his practice on advising clients on defense and foreign policy matters, government procurement practices and policies, and appropriations issues.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Deschauer served as Director of Senate Affairs for the Secretary of Defense. In that capacity, he assisted in the planning and execution of a comprehensive strategy to present the Defense budget to the Congress throughout the authorization and appropriation processes. He dealt with Members and senior staff of the Armed Services, Defense Appropriations, and Budget Committees. Mr. Deschauer coordinated DOD legislative affairs with the White House, National Security Council, State Department, and other Executive Branch agencies. He advised senior DOD officials on the issues and developments of interest to the Department and recommended the appropriate responses and positions. Mr. Deschauer also represented DOD during floor action on any legislation affecting the Department.
Mr. Deschauer also served as Legislative Counsel in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs from 1988 to 1990. There he handled all manpower, personnel, and health care issues and legislation before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. He was responsible for planning hearings and briefings for Members and staff in support of the Department's manpower and health care accounts. Mr. Deschauer developed legislative proposals for presentation to Congress, and traveled with Members and staff in support of Navy programs.