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Bradley adds Adair as senior advisor for governmental affairs

HUNTSVILLE – Dr. J. Lucas Adair has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as a senior advisor in the firm’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group in Huntsville, the firm announced.

“Lucas’s deep understanding of policy and decision-making processes and his extensive network of contacts will greatly help shape our client strategy regarding government relations services, and we are pleased to welcome him to Bradley,” said Bradley Huntsville Office Managing Partner Benjamin Hutton. “In addition to his impressive lobbying work, Lucas is also adding grant services to the firm and his grant strategy and writing experience will be a tremendous resource for nonprofit and for-profit clients seeking funding.”

Adair, who previously worked at Keller Partners & Company, a government relations and strategic development firm in Washington, D.C., brings more than a decade of experience in local, state, and federal policy and politics.

“We are very excited to have Lucas join Bradley.” David Stewart, chair of Bradley’s Governmental Affairs Practice group. “We are especially excited to be able to now offer a full range of grant strategy and writing services to complement our existing federal and state appropriations practice.

“Very few firms offer this range of services, and we are looking forward to having Lucas’s unique expertise and skillset as part of our practice group.”

Adair was recognized in The Hill’s 2023 list of “Top Lobbyists,” which highlights impactful advocates who have distinguished themselves by delivering results for their clients.

He served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, where he advised on important issues related to higher education. This role provided him with invaluable experience in drafting federal policy rules and regulations, while providing strategic advice and coordinating with the White House, Capitol Hill and other federal agencies.

A native of Alabama, Adair began his career working as a policy analyst and advisor at the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center, serving as a grant evaluator for the Alabama State Department of Education, while also working on several political campaigns throughout the Southeast. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama, as well as his M.P.A. and B.S.

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