Practice Chair

Ed Royce

Ed Royce

Policy Director


Former chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Foreign policy, national security and international business problem solver. Unparalleled relationships with U.S. government officials and sovereign leaders.

Ed Royce leverages his exceptional understanding of world trends and high-level relationships with global leaders to creatively solve problems, unlock value and expand market opportunities for clients domestically and internationally. He represented southern Californians in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years, chairing the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2013-2019. Ed also served as a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he led efforts to enact regulatory reforms impacting insurers, credit unions and housing finance.

As HFAC committee chair, Ed shepherded over 80 bills into law primarily focused on sanctions, trade, export controls and U.S. global investment. He was a dealmaker who worked with Democrats and Republicans of all views to advance good public policy. Ed led congressional delegations around the world and engaged directly with heads of state. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the distinct culture, customs and traditions of sovereign nations, and deeply understands the multilateral, bilateral and internal pressures they face. Now, as co-chair of Brownstein’s international practice, Ed represents clients before government officials and business leaders in South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Personally, Ed is active in promoting strong U.S. development and commercial engagement overseas. He serves on the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and on the Development Advisory Council of the Development Finance Corporation.


      Representative Matters

      Recent Experience

      • Leveraged relationships with the State Department, US Treasury, USTR, USAID, congressional leadership and high-level East African government officials to drive home an international agriculture company’s critical economic impacts, expanded local co-investment strategy and CSR impacts to secure necessary approvals for their continued operations in-country.

      • Advocated on behalf of victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Worked with a coalition of consultants to secure the inclusion of legislation into the 2020 omnibus appropriations bill that released $335 million in restitution to the victims and their families.

      • On behalf of multilateral organizations, successfully advocated before the U.S. Congress to help secure significant funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to low-income countries.

      Insights & Publications



      • B.A., 1977, California State University, Fullerton, Distinguished Alumni

      Previous Experience

      U.S. Representative (R-CA)

      Committee Assignments:

      Chair, House Committee on Foreign Affairs

      Member, House Committee on Financial Services

      Member, House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises

      Member, House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit

      Community Involvement


      Advisory Board, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council

      President's Advisory Council, American Research Center in Egypt

      National Advisory Council, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

      Co-Founder, International Conservation Caucus Foundation



      The Order of Isabella the Catholic, Kingdom of Spain

      Special Decoration awarded for 200th anniversary of USA-Colombia bi-lateral relations, Republic of Columbia

      Second Most Effective House Lawmaker, The Center for Effective Lawmaking

      Order Of Diplomatic Service Merit, Gwanghwa Medal, 1st Class, presented by Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn (The highest honor a foreign dignitary can receive from the Republic of Korea)

      Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon, presented by President Tsai of Taiwan

      Pro Bene Merito Medal, presented by the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa for African development

      U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award

      Royce Okavango Delta Advanced Research Scholarship, National Geographic