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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Feb 11, 2019

Phil Recht is a Managing Partner at Mayer Brown LLC in Los Angeles, California, a global law firm with offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Recht specializes in government relations and public law. Phil shares his extensive experience working in a presidential administration on highway safety and regulation, and how that has shaped policy around autonomous vehicles.   

  • Recht was raised in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Went to Yale University for his B.A. and obtained his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Recht’s first government job was working as an intern for U.S. Rep. John Moakley (MA-9) and he was then hired as a legislative assistant.
  • Worked on Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign as legal counsel in California.
  • Served as Chief Counsel and later Deputy Administrator at the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA).

“We love policy issues, we love how government functions, we love politics, and how it all just fits together in the end”

Phil Recht’s practice at Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office focuses on regulatory law for emerging industries, like rideshare applications and autonomous vehicles.

Mayer Brown’s L.A. office offers summer clerkship opportunities for second year law students.

Quick Links-

   For more information on How Autonomous Vehicles will Shape the Future of Cities see the following TedxCollegePark Talk

  For more information on the relationship between regulators and the Scooter start-ups, see the following New York Times Article by Kate Conger

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