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Laura Jan Kuller

Laura Jan Kuller

Attorney and Owner
Pursuit Advocacy

Kuller, who opened Pursuit Advocacy in 2022, worked in the Pennsylvania General Assembly for more than a dozen years in leadership staff positions, as the House majority leader’s chief of staff and deputy counsel and policy counsel for the speaker/minority leader, according to her LinkedIn profile. Kuller also has been a lawyer lobbyist for many years, including as counsel at former Gov. Tom Ridge’s lobbying firm.

“I first met lawyer lobbyists as a congressional intern and I realized they had exciting jobs because they weren’t glued to their chairs in an office all day,” Kuller said. “… Many attorneys find that courtrooms are where they spend many hours advocating for clients, but I prefer working inside the Capitol and state agencies partnering with decisionmakers … .”

Lobbying is changing, she said, “as a result of how little camaraderie there is among electeds. … In the past, through friendships with electeds from the opposing party, bonds were forged and bipartisan legislation could more easily be attained.” Without these relationships, “fewer complex bills impacting business find a bipartisan resolution,” and policy issues stay unresolved.

Mike Schweder, president of the mid-Atlantic states for AT&T, “was a friend, formidable lobbyist, listener and storyteller,” Kuller said. “He could explain issues succinctly to any audience … while always finding humor in it. But mostly he gave his team the space to learn and grow by watching and learning how he had successfully navigated federal, state and local politics for many decades.”

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This profile is part of CPBJ's Law and Lobbyist Power 30 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.

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