Ches McDowell is a lobbyist who represents a wide variety of clients in all levels of government with a focus on the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Delegation in the United States Congress. Mr. McDowell represents clients in many industries including health care, financial services, entertainment, technology, outdoor sports, aviation, municipal government, nonprofits, state-wide associations, elections, energy, pharmaceuticals, and real estate development. Mr. McDowell was selected as one of the top 10 lobbyists in North Carolina by the North State Journal and he received honorable mentions for representing 45 clients during the 2020 North Carolina General Assembly short session with a diverse portfolio and for leading the lobbying corps in athletic representation.
Mr. McDowell participates annually in the National Conference of State Legislators, American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting, State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Ag Chairs Summit, and other national and state political meetings.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McDowell served as a law clerk for the Honorable David M. Warren at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Previously, Mr. McDowell was a Senior Legislative Consultant/Lobbyist at Randolph E. Cloud and Associates and a Lobbyist with a Raleigh, North Carolina law firm where he consulted, advised and lobbied for clients in a variety of industries with a wide range of interests. Mr. McDowell also worked for Senator Phil Berger in his position as Senate Republican Leader, and later when Senator Berger was elected Senate President Pro Tempore.
While attending law school, Mr. McDowell served as a legal intern for the Wake County Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mr. McDowell was recognized as a “Young Gun” in 2019 by Business North Carolina magazine.
Represented over 60 clients before the North Carolina General Assembly.
Secured nearly $300 million for commercial airports in North Carolina over the last 4 legislative sessions.
Secured over $2 million for nonprofit pro bono clients over the last 3 legislative sessions.
Represented multiple Fortune 500 clients.
Represented BB&T in a successful effort to update origination and late fees that have remained steady since 1991 and have kept BB&T at a disadvantage to other banks chartered outside North Carolina.
Represented Preston Development in creating a financing mechanism in state law to advance a large development and helped create a statutory mechanism where developers can essentially operate as a bonding authority and loan a local government money to finance development infrastructure that a municipality would usually pay for with a bond.
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Campbell University School of Law, J.D. (2014)
North Carolina State University, B.A., Political Science (2011) magna cum laude, with departmental honors
North Carolina (2014)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2014)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2015)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina - Honorable David M. Warren
North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association, Member
Triangle Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Co-Chair
North Carolina Forestry Advisory Council, Member
North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Council, Member
North Carolina Bar Association, Member
Alpha Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order, Alumni Advisory Council, Member
Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Member
Smith Province Council of Kappa Alpha Order, Deputy Province Commander
Fellowship Home, Board Member
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winston-Salem, Board Member
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