Key Experience

  • Practice concentrates on federal and state campaign law, lobbyist registration provisions, gift laws, pay-to-play restrictions and securities laws regulating political activity.
  • Prior to joining Akin Gump, served as counsel and policy advisor to Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman Michael Toner.


Melissa Laurenza advises clients on interaction with federal and state officials including lobbying rules, campaign finance regulations, pay-to-play restrictions and other gift and ethics rules including the Federal Election Campaign Act, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), STOCK Act, Rule 206(4)-5 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Rule G-37. Melissa’s clients come from a wide range of different industries including financial services, hedge funds and private equity, corporations, trade associations and high net worth individuals.