Paul A. Equale

An attorney, former association CEO and government staffer, Paul Equale is an experienced and valuable advisor to companies, individuals and associations seeking to navigate the opaque political, business and personal motivations that drive important decisions in Washington D.C.  Anticipating and shaping the legislative, regulatory and communications environment is essential for achieving positive outcomes, especially when competing interests create a landscape that is often complicated, uncertain and risky.  

As president of Equale & Associates, Mr. Equale counsels a diverse client base that includes Fortune 50 corporations, trade associations, investment funds, and individuals in the financial services, entertainment, technology, energy, health care and legal sectors. Among the clients Mr. Equale has counseled are the CEO, board and executive committee of one of the largest mortgage finance companies in the United States. He has served as senior advisor to the CEO and external relations team of one of America's largest and best known banks, and also as counselor to the president and board of the largest national trade association for domestic energy producers.

Prior to founding Equale & Associates in 2001, Mr. Equale served in a succession of senior roles at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, where in 1997 he was named Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to his service at IIAA he was Director of Government Relations for the Travel Industry Association of America. From 1977 until 1980 Mr. Equale was a Congressional Relations legal advisor to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Equale graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and from the university’s law school.  He is a member of the Bar in New York, Washington, D.C., U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times, Business Week, Washington Almanac, and Insurance Review have named him one of Washington’s most effective advocates and political operatives.  He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, and other national news outlets. From 1998 until 2002 he was the senior on-air political analyst for Washington TV station News Channel 8.

Mr. Equale served as Chairman of the Business Council of the Democratic National Committee in 2001 and 2002. In that role he was the key policy and finance liaison between the DNC and the nation's business community.  He is one of eight Washington political figures profiled in War Without Bloodshed: the Art of Politics, a book co-authored by Newsweek Contributing Editor Eleanor Clift and the late Tom Brazaitis, then Washington Bureau Chief of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  They wrote: “Equale transformed the IIAA from a sleepy one-issue office into a legislative affairs powerhouse.”

Mr. Equale is an adjunct lecturer for the St. Paul's School in London. He serves on the Advisory Board and is a guest lecturer at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies of the  American University, and at the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University.