NAM Builds Advocacy Muscle

Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action Launched; Linda Kelly Named General Counsel

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action, an effort to significantly amplify the voice of manufacturers in the courts on behalf of the 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action will strategically engage in litigation as a direct party, intervene in litigation important to our 12,000 members and weigh in as amicus curiae on important cases. It will also engage the media and educate the general public on the important legal issues confronting manufacturers.

In recent years, the NAM has won a number of high-profile legal battles to beat back federal overreach from creeping into manufacturing facilities and shop floors. Despite these victories, regulatory threats to the viability of manufacturing continue to multiply. “The threat to manufacturers’ ability to compete and succeed is growing and must be met forcefully and strategically. We’re now better positioned to take on those important legal battles through the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “By bringing together this top-notch legal team, the NAM is a stronger, more effective advocate for manufacturers.”

The Center will be housed in a newly created legal division led by Linda Kelly, the new NAM general counsel. Under Kelly, the division will also be staffed by two deputy general counsels: Patrick Forrest and Quentin Riegel.

"Effective advocacy is no longer limited to simply wearing out shoe leather in the halls of Congress. A robust legal program that pushes back on regulatory overreach and represents our members’ interests in the courts is a critical element of our advocacy efforts,” said Kelly. “For manufacturers, litigation can make the difference between winning and losing on policies that affect their viability. As government agencies and the Administration take advantage of congressional impasse to pursue an aggressive regulatory agenda, we will be there to fight for manufacturers in the courts.”

To read more about the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action team, click here.

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