Dave Albo helps businesses and individuals who need to amend, pass, eliminate or defeat legislation and regulations; access government services; or, defeat adverse government actions. He also counsels clients on politics and elections. His clients include large state-wide associations, multinational corporations and Virginia-based businesses.

 

 

Dave Albo helps businesses and individuals who need to amend, pass, eliminate or defeat legislation and regulations; access government services; or, defeat adverse government actions. He also counsels clients on politics and elections. His clients include large state-wide associations, multinational corporations and Virginia-based businesses.

Dave brings to his clients deep experience with the legislative process and access to elected and appointed officials in state and local government legislative and executive branches. As an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates for 24 years, Dave sponsored over 75 original bills that were passed. He played a role in passing or defeating tens of thousands of bills. During his over two decades of service, he had daily interaction with the state executive branch and local government agencies.

As a delegate, Dave developed a reputation for solving problems while working well with both political parties. With strong relationships on both sides of the aisle, he helps clients identify the right legislators to target for legislation sponsorship. He leverages his relationships to help build a coalition in support of his clients’ interests. Dave can assist clients in accessing an executive branch or local government agency, acquiring a government service, or selling a product/service to the government.

Dave has been named among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Government Relations/Lobbying (2018-present). He also has been honored as a “Top Lawyer” by Washingtonian in 2018 and as a “Best Lawyer” by Northern Virginia magazine in 2020. In 2010, he was honored as one of Virginia’s “Leaders in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Dave serves in the Executive Circle of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and as a board member of the Northern Virginia Regional Elected Leaders Initiative.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

 

 

SELECT LOBBYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Helped to defeat proposed increases in taxation. And in some situations, where the tax increase was inevitable, helped to cut the tax rate to something more reasonable.
  • Helped to defeat proposed regulation of an industry. And, in other situations, helped to shape proposed regulations making them palatable to a client.
  • Helped to amend legislation so that a client was not excluded from bidding on a project.
  • Helped to stop the elimination of an industry exemption from state minimum wage requirements.
  • Helped to reduce a statute of limitation to give some finality to the amount of time in which a business could be sued.
  • Helped to refer bills to a study so that the details adverse to a client’s interest could be investigated and addressed.
  • Worked with local governments and businesses to devise a compromise on land use zoning.
  • Helped to initiate budget amendments to include funding for a client’s service/product.
  • Initiated and organized a presentation to the Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission enabling client to highlight the value its services were providing to the Commonwealth.
  • Organized a presentation by a client to a local government showing the value of the client’s proposed information technology service.
  • Arranged countless meetings for clients to meet elected leaders and government officials.

LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE

During his 24 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, Dave served on the:

  • Courts of Justice Committee, Member and Chairman.  Dave was Chair of this committee for a record-setting 12 years, thus becoming the longest-serving Chairman in the nearly 300-year history of this Committee. This Committee handles more legislation than any other committee and writes all Virginia civil and criminal court laws.
  • Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission (JLARC). JLARC is the House/Senate joint commission that oversees all state government operations. This experience gave Dave knowledge of how the entire Commonwealth of Virginia government works. Thus, Dave can help his clients negotiate executive branch challenges. In addition, this commission is tasked with oversight of the state’s Information Technology Authority (“VITA”), thus giving Dave in depth knowledge of Virginia’s IT systems.
  • General Laws Committee. This committee oversees Real Estate, Alcohol and Tobacco regulation, Gaming/Gambling, Professional Licensing, and Government Procurement. Dave served on the Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling Sub-committee for his entire career. Thus, he had a role in writing every alcohol, tobacco and gambling law that was passed for 24 years.
  • Conservation and Natural Resources Committee / Environmental Law Sub-committee, Chairman. This is a sub-committee of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee and deals with Air, Water & Solid Waste regulation.
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. This commission oversees Metro, VRE and other mass transit.

SELECT LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dave Albo’s legislative accomplishments include:

  • Co-Author of the 2013 Transportation Act, which created a regional transportation funding system delivering hundreds of millions of dollars of transportation revenue to projects in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In addition, it set up oversight to ensure that the money was spent on transportation, and a measurement system to ensure that the projects were selected based on congestion reduction rather than political considerations. Delegate Albo’s regional funding concept was expanded to other regions of the Commonwealth in the 2020 General Assembly Session.
  • Sponsor of the bill that restructured Virginia ABC;
  • Sponsor of bills that modernizing Virginia’s computer and internet laws;
  • Co-creating the financing mechanism that ultimately led to the public-private partnership section of the Virginia Code. 
  • Supported numerous other bills on Immigration, Medicaid Fraud, Transportation, Criminal Law, Civil Law Procedure, Animal Protection, Adoption, Land Preservation, Clustering Single Family Dwellings and Computer Crimes.