Workshop: Preparing Legislative Testimony

07 Feb, 2019

April 17, 2019
10:00 a.m.−12:15 p.m. ET
Washington, DC or Virtual

Oversight and investigations are a central component of any state, federal, or local legislature. These events can be a positive opportunity for organizations that effectively plan and a disaster for those that don’t. Hear how our expert panelists have used legislative and regulatory committee testimony to impact policy debates and burnish thought leadership credentials, while simultaneously avoiding missteps under oath.


10:00 a.m.   Principles of Legislative Testimony Preparation and Delivery

Hearings to conduct oversight, inquiry, and investigation are a central component of any state, federal, or local legislature. These events can be a positive opportunity for organizations that have a strategy and a disaster for those that don’t. Will your team know what to do when the gavel strikes and the answers are on the record?

Our Congressional experts will discuss:

  • The unique challenges and opportunities present in any hearing
  • Effective strategies for communicating before, during, and after a panel
  • Ways to limit legal or reputational exposure in high-stakes hearings

Christopher J. Armstrong
Holland & Knight


Charles E. Borden
Holland & Knight


Kathryn Hazeem Lehman
Holland & Knight

11:00 a.m.     Networking Break


11:15 a.m.     Case Studies: Understanding Hearing Strategy and Using Testimony for Industry Promotion and Reputational Protection

Information gained at legislative hearings has the potential to change an organization or industry’s market dynamics or license to operate. However, well-prepared witnesses can serve as a resource for legislators and help spread emerging best practices throughout the relevant industry as well as affect pending legislation. What can organizations do to protect against the former and maximize their chances of impacting the debate?

Our experts discuss how to:

  • Use testimony to burnish thought leadership credentials
  • Use association witnesses to advance industry goals
  • Understand a hearing’s role in overall legislative strategy

Erik Milito
Vice President of Upstream and Industry Operations
American Petroleum Institute


Matt Bravo
S-3 Group

Event Location

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Public Affairs Council
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202.787.5950

*Participants joining the program virtually will receive an email one week beforehand with instructions for logging on to our web-based platform. On the platform, they will be able to listen and participate through any computer or internet-enabled device, see a video of the speakers, and ask questions and participate in the discussion via a chat box.


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Register Online 

  • Members: $289
  • Non-Members: $399

Additional discounts may apply to this meeting. These discounts may include:

For multiple registrants: A discount will apply to the standard member/non-member rate for organizations that register two or more participants for the same meeting. The first registrant will pay full price, the second participant will receive a 10% discount and each additional registrant will receive a 15% discount. To register multiple participants, you may either register online or download the print and fax registration form.

Member discounts: Discounts for members are applied to all Public Affairs Council meetings.

Non-members: Join the Council today, and save by registering at the member rate and using the $200 new-member coupon you will receive. Contact our membership team for information about joining the Council.

Questions? Contact us at 202.787.5950.


Nick Desarno
Director of Digital and Policy Communications
202.787.5971 | email