Russell W. Sullivan

Senior Advisor , Federal Public Affairs

Washington, DC

+1 202 857 2938

Russ, a former staff director for the Senate Finance Committee, advises clients on strategy and business planning as a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting. He also provides strategic legal counsel to the McGuireWoods LLP clients, offering comprehensive solutions from an administrative, regulatory and legislative perspective to some of their most complex matters. He brings a unique perspective to a wide variety of issues facing a broad range of industries, including tax, healthcare, energy, pensions, transportation, education, trade and economic development, as well as matters involving the nonprofit and for-benefit enterprise sectors.

Russ began working on Capitol Hill in 1995 and joined the Senate Finance Committee staff in 1999. He served as the staff director to the committee from 2004 until his retirement from the Senate in 2013. During his tenure, many of the most complex issues facing the business community came before the committee. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Russ graduated from Baylor University and received his law degree from the University of Texas. He is active in the community, and serves on the board of Capital Area Reach, a mentoring program for students in the Washington, D.C. area.

Counseled Senator Max Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee on economic policies, including tax, healthcare, trade, retirement security, and budget issues.

Devised and implemented strategies on the 2001 tax cuts (EGTRRA), the JOBS Act (2004), the Medicare Modernization Act (2004), the Pension Protection Act (2006), and the Affordable Care Act (2009-10).


Board Member, Capital Area Reach

Board Member, Baylor Alumni Association


District of Columbia

Co-author, Managed Care Quarterly Review: Issue 1, McGuireWoods LLP, September 2017
Co-author, OECD Releases Final BEPS Recommendation - Now What?, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and McGuireWoods LLP, Tax & Financial Services Policy Group, October 2015

Executive and Legislative Affairs

Trade and International Affairs

Russ Sullivan