Organization's Own Description:
Founded in 1995, The Smith-Free Group's roots actually go back nearly three decades. The founders, James E. Smith and James C. Free, two Washington veterans with their respective ties to the Republican and Democratic parties, have been business partners since 1981, when they served as senior partners of Charls Walker Associates, one of Washington's first government affairs firms.
Over the last thirty years, Smith and Free have built a vibrant practice and staffed the firm with mature, seasoned professionals from across the political spectrum. In the transient world of Washington, D.C., lobby shops come and go; Smith-Free has stayed because of the quality of our work and our commitment to clients. During that time, our firm has played a key role in shaping public policy on diverse issues encompassing financial services, intellectual property, energy, tax and trade, transportation, and natural resources matters among others.
All Smith-Free principals work for each client on an as-needed basis. Collectively, we maintain respectful, working relationships with key Members on Capitol Hill, congressional staff and officials throughout the executive branch of the federal government. read more