Richard Pasco is legal counsel and lobbyist for a number of agribusiness clients in the food, agricultural, trade and environmental arenas. He has more than 30 years of experience working in agriculture and food-related legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Pasco specializes in advising and representing trade associations and companies on government policies and programs. In this capacity, he serves as President of the Sweetener Users Association and Vice President of the Sugar Club.
He has a wealth of experience working with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has played a key role in implementing lobbying strategies and advancing agricultural program and trade reforms, as well as developing environmental guidelines, food labeling rules, and food safety/nutrition legislation. During the course of his private and public-sector career, he has been closely involved in six omnibus farm bills.
An important part of Mr. Pasco's work for trade associations is his counsel and advice to ensure that their political action committees (PACs) are in full compliance with federal elections laws and regulations administered by the Federal Election Commission. He is the firm's expert on these issues. Mr. Pasco is uniquely qualified to bring his broad experience to bear in helping solve the problems of clients in the private sector.
Former Jobs/Positions Held
Prior to joining the firm in 1995, Mr. Pasco was Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Pork Producers Council -- a trade association representing 90,000 members in 45 states. From 1985 to 1987, he served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward Zorinsky, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Before his career in Washington, D.C., he practiced law at a law firm in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska for two years.
Mr. Pasco has been appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) in Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts after previously being appointed to serve on the ATAC for Trade in Livestock and Livestock Products, and the National Advisory Council for Commodity Distribution. He also served on the Board of the American Commodity Distribution Association and was a founder of the Agricultural Clean Water Working Group.
Mr. Pasco authored "AGOA Countries: Challenges and Considerations in Exporting Horticultural Products to the United States" (International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council, Issue Brief), co-authored "Blowing Smoke: Does Congress Lack the Willpower to Reform Federal Tobacco Policies" (Journal of Medicine and Law, Michigan State University Detroit College of Law); and has written a number of articles for the Agricultural Law Letter.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
M.S., Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska
J.D., University of Nebraska
Bar & Court Admissions
District of Columbia Bar
Colorado State Bar
Nebraska State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska