Jim Gottlieb is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC, where he leads the commerce team. He brings over three decades of senior-level experience in a broad range of positions in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. House and Senate, and in the private and non-profit sectors. His in-depth experience in legislation, oversight and investigations, and political roles on Capitol Hill, and foundation management, consulting, and strategic advisory roles outside of government, led Mr. Gottlieb to form his own government affairs firm in 2009, Gottlieb Strategic Consulting, before joining Capitol Counsel in January, 2010.
After graduating from law school and several years of private law practice in New York City, in 1977 Mr. Gottlieb moved to Washington to serve as the chief of staff for Rep. Ted Weiss (D-NY) and later the Subcommittee on Human Resources & Government Relations of the House Committee on Government Operations (now Committee on Oversight & Government Reform) where he directed a wide range of oversight investigation and legislation in health, education, and veteran’s matters. In 1992 Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) asked Jim to serve in the Senate as his chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. From late 1999 until March 2003 he also served as Senator Rockefeller’s Chief of Staff, and was responsible for his legislative, community, economic development and political operations.
Mr. Gottlieb left Capitol Hill in 2003 to serve as chief management consultant to the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI), a medical research institute dedicated to the study of memory and brain disorders. During this time, Gottlieb was a strategic policy and advocacy advisor, managed the restructuring of this multi-million dollar medical research facility for the study of brain disorders, and also continued to serve as legal counsel and policy advisor to Senator Rockefeller, the Institute’s Chairman.
Mr. Gottlieb has also served as a strategic management consultant to the George Washington University Medical Center’s Center for Health Services & Policy under a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and was executive vice president for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), which he left in the fall of 2008 to work on the Obama campaign. At NPAF he spearheaded government affairs activities designed to work with members of Congress and their staffs to find solutions to patient access issues, as well as work with pharmaceutical firms, provider groups, and other D.C-based patient groups with similar issues and interests.
Gottlieb clients include a broad range of commerce matters including aviation, telecommunications, e-commerce, oversight and investigations, mergers & acquisitions, and health.
Gottlieb holds a business degree from Michigan State University; a Master of Education from New York University; and a law degree from New York Law School. He also serves as a Director on the Board of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute and as Treasurer of Friends of Jay Rockefeller.