FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
Contact: John Murray, email@example.com
Top Senate Judiciary Counsel Chan Park Joins Monument Policy Group
Monument Continues Fast Growth Trajectory, Adds Additional Team Members
Washington, D.C. - Monument Policy Group announced today that Chan Park will join the firm as a principal where he will focus on government surveillance and access to data, antitrust and competition policy, cybersecurity, and privacy. Monument is a boutique advocacy consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C and Seattle providing government relations, strategic communications and public affairs services to corporations, trade associations and coalitions coast-to-coast.
“I am excited to start the next chapter of my career at Monument,” said Park. “They are known for their substantive approach of combining policy expertise with effective advocacy. I was only interested in a firm with that kind of comprehensive approach – and Monument was the only firm I considered. I am thrilled to be joining this talented team.”
Park brings nearly 20 years of legal and policy expertise, working for Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and former Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Senator Feinstein noted that, "Chan has been part of my leadership team on the Committee for the last 9 months after serving for many years on Senator Leahy's committee team as well. We're both lucky to have benefited from his expertise and excellent judgment. He's able to rapidly learn and understand new issues. He's able to see around corners and anticipate what problems may arise, as well as the solutions to those problems."
Monument CEO Stewart Verdery added, “This is a very exciting time for the firm. We are in a rapid growth phase where having the best and brightest is essential to delivering for our current and future clients. Chan adds important advocacy capability to our strong team and the experience of handling high-stakes legal and policy issues in Congress.”
Through his work for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Park helped supervise all aspects of the committee’s work, including legislation and hearings related to government surveillance, law enforcement, privacy and civil liberties, criminal justice, antitrust, intellectual property, and immigration. He also worked on several congressional investigations as well as various high-profile nominations, including nominations of Supreme Court Justices, FBI Directors, and the Attorney General. As General Counsel, Park served as a key liaison to the rest of the Committee members, the House Judiciary Committee, Senate leadership and floor staff, and the leadership of other Senate committees, including Intelligence, Commerce, and Homeland Security.
Through his eight years on the Hill, Park also gained a unique understanding of how congressional oversight and investigations work – and significant insight into the executive branch. As the primary point of contact on a range of issues for the White House, the Justice Department, DHS, and the FBI, and through oversight of the FTC, Antitrust Division, and USPTO, he learned how to navigate the complexities of the intra- and inter-agency processes.
Before working on Capitol Hill, Park served as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. As a federal prosecutor, Park investigated and prosecuted a wide range of cases involving violent gangs, identity theft, fraud, human trafficking, drug conspiracies, and child pornography. He was the recipient of the prestigious Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, as well as numerous awards from federal and state law enforcement agencies. After graduating from law school, Park clerked for United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte in the District of Maryland. He then worked as a litigator with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Park received his B.A. from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown Law.
In addition to Park, Monument has recently added four new team members: Courtney Knittle, Business Development and Marketing Manager; Joseph Hoefer, Senior Legislative Manager; Julian Bloom, Legislative Manager; and Britt Bepler, Director of Operations.