Preston Rutledge

Preston Rutledge

Strategic Consulting Advisor


Highly regarded policy advocate. Solutions oriented strategic advisor. Former assistant secretary of labor.

Preston Rutledge draws on his 25 years of legislative and executive branch experience to counsel clients on issues related to retirement, tax, labor, and health care policy. He leverages his familiarity with the mechanisms of government to develop comprehensive solutions to complex policy issues. Whether clients need help navigating federal agencies or building relationships with congressional staff, Preston offers actionable insights that lead to successful policy outcomes. His extensive network allows him to connect clients directly with critical stakeholders in congressional offices and the executive branch.

Preston previously served as assistant secretary of labor at the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration. He led the agency’s drafting and publication of guidance implementing retirement, health and workplace benefits policies, and coordinated efforts with other federal agencies, including the Department of Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior, Preston served in Congress as senior tax and benefits counsel for the Senate Finance Committee under then-Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT). He previously served as legislative assistant to Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK). Earlier in his career, Preston served as a tax law specialist and management official at the Internal Revenue Service, where he supervised attorneys who prepared guidance to implement legislation such as the Pension Protection Act and the Small Business Jobs Act.

Preston advises the firm’s Government Relations Department as an affiliated advisor.

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      • B.S., 1976, cum laude, University of Idaho
      • J.D., 1984, with high honors, The George Washington University Law School
      • L.L.M. in Taxation, 2002, with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center