Texas Capital Building
May 16, 2018

Jim Sheer Joins McGuireWoods Consulting

AUSTIN, TexasJim Sheer, a respected Texas Capitol veteran with deep policy roots in both government and the private sector, has joined McGuireWoods Consulting in the firm’s State Government Relations Practice in Austin.

Sheer joins MWC as a vice president after nearly four years as the Texas Retailers Association executive who oversaw the organization’s state and federal legislative, PAC and political activities.

“Jim brings a wealth of experience from the public and private sector and we’re excited to have him join our growing team,” said Holly Deshields, senior vice president and co-director of MWC’s Austin office. “From working in the Capitol to serving statewide elected officials, Jim’s experience and business insight will be valuable to current and future clients,” Deshields added.

“After only five years of operation in Texas, McGuireWoods Consulting has built an unparalleled team of political and government veterans to become one of the leading and most respected full-service public affairs firms in Texas,” said Mark Miner, senior vice president and co-director of the Austin office. “With the addition of Jim, we continue to expand our Texas footprint, and more importantly, a commitment to our clients to provide them with the very best individuals and resources to achieve their business objectives.”

Before joining the Texas Retailers Association, Sheer spent four years as the top adviser to then-Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs on legislative, political and public policy issues. He was chief of staff and chief clerk to former Texas Rep. Craig Eiland, the speaker pro tem of the Texas House. Sheer also served as chief of staff to state Sen. Joan Huffman and served as deputy division chief for then-Attorney General Greg Abbott.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, Sheer began his career managing the finances of the Texas Association of Realtors’ PACs.

“McGuireWoods Consulting has a stellar reputation in Austin for delivering excellent service and helping clients achieve their business objectives. I’m honored to be part of it,” Sheer said.

Recognized in The National Law Journal’s “Influence 50” as one of the Top 15 U.S. lobbying firms, McGuireWoods Consulting is the public affairs arm of McGuireWoods LLP, a leading law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 23 offices worldwide. Together, the law firm and McGuireWoods Consulting provide clients with one-stop legal and public policy solutions recognized among the most innovative for the past two years by Financial Times’  North America Innovative Lawyers report.