Gratitude and Best Wishes to Bruce Moyer, FBA Government Relations Counsel

Updated: Sep 8

Please join the Federal Bar Association’s Board of Directors in extending both gratitude and best wishes to Bruce Moyer, who is retiring on September 30 after 25 years of service to the bar as its Government Relations Counsel.


As an organization founded on advocacy, the FBA has always been committed to representing members’ interests before legislative and regulatory bodies, while continuing to promote the interests of the federal judiciary. For much of its history, that work took the form of issuing policy resolutions and occasionally submitting testimony — often about compensation rates — to congressional commissions. That changed in 1996, when the FBA formed its Government Relations Committee (GRC). The following year, the FBA hired Bruce Moyer, a longtime FBA member, as its first and only government relations counsel. The partnership has led to initiatives such as establishment of the organization’s Issues Agenda, Capitol Hill Day, white papers on federal judicial compensation, as well as positioning the FBA as a leading nonpartisan advocate for the federal legal system and administration of justice.


FBA President W. West Allen, former chair of the Government Relations Committee, states, “our organization’s government relations program has grown and become an ensign of excellence in the federal legal community thanks to Bruce’s wisdom and commitment to the FBA mission which improves the administration of justice through nonpartisan policies. We are grateful for his numerous contributions to our present and future and thank him for his many years of dedicated service.“ The FBA will be honoring Bruce at the upcoming Hybrid Annual Meeting and Convention in Miami, September 23-25.


After conducting a comprehensive search, the FBA is pleased to announce that it has engaged with Arent Fox to serve as Bruce’s successor. Founded in 1942 in Washington, DC, Arent Fox has a leading public policy practice group consisting of a team of bipartisan and bicameral lawyers and policy professionals with experience at the highest levels of government service. The engagement will be led by Government Relations Practice Co-leader Dan Renberg, a former legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter; and Cissy Jackson, former Counsel and National Security Adviser to Senator Doug Jones. A former presidentially appointed official at a federal trade agency, Dan has helped numerous corporate, association, and nonprofit clients since joining Arent Fox as a partner in 2003. Cissy joined Arent Fox this year and was in private practice and served as law clerk to Hon. Sam C. Pointer, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama prior to joining Senator Jones' staff. The team also includes former Senators Byron Dorgan and Doug Jones, former Congressman Phil English, and FBA Government Relations Committee member Terree Bowers.


“The decision to partner with Arent Fox was simple. The firm shares the same values as the FBA and brings great diversity of experience, views, and relationships to supporting the FBA’s mission and policy priorities, while building on Bruce’s foundation,” states Government Relations Chair Rachel Rose. To ensure a smooth succession, Arent Fox began their engagement in July and will be working closely with Bruce until his retirement on September 30.