Jared B. Rifis

Special Counsel


Jared Rifis is special counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP. He represents clients and their legislative priorities before Congress and the Administration. Jared supports the firm’s Government Solutions Practice with research, analysis and advocacy that advance each client’s public policy goals. He has experience with a number of federal and state issues including healthcare, environment, natural resources, ethics, election law, transportation and manufacturing. He also assists clients with lobbying compliance.

Prior to joining Foley, Jared served in various roles in Congress, most recently serving as a judiciary and commerce advisor to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. He was an effective advisor with a broad portfolio, including technology, telecommunications, gun safety, consumer protection, gaming, patents and other issues.

During law school, Jared worked for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, now-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Judiciary Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he supported policy advisors on a wide range of issues from tax to energy. He researched immigration and gun safety policy as a legal intern for Third Way, a centrist think tank. Additionally, he began his career advocating for campaign reform with an organization now known as Issue One.

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Introduction to Non-Profits,” Jordan's Guardian Angels 2019 Family Conference (March 30, 2019)
  • Author, “Water Rights Protection,” Daily Journal (January 9, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Government Relations on the First Anniversary of Trump’s Election,” 2017 Executive Exchange, Chicago, IL (November 7, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Pathways to Government: Climbing Capitol Hill,” Georgetown Law (October 4, 2017)
  • Speaker, Lunch and Loans panel at Georgetown Law (February 2017)
  • Speaker, Lunch and Loans panel at Georgetown Law (February 2016)


Jared earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2014) where he received the Law Dean Scholar’s Award and the “Best Exam” award in Lawmaking. He also received “Exceptional” honors for completing over 175 hours of pro bono service. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish from Butler University. (B.A., cum laude, 2010) where he received the Outstanding Senior Political Science Award for graduating with the top scholastic record.


Jared is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.



What’s Next in Washington? - January 2023 Edition
17 January 2023
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
Federal Lobbying Ethics: The Gift Rule
03 January 2023
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
Priorities of the 118th Congress and the Biden Administration
18 November 2022
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
The Results Are In... A Recap of the 2022 Midterm Elections and a Preview of the Lame-Duck Session
10 November 2022
Legal News: Federal Public Affairs
2017 NDI Executive Exchange
07 November 2017
Chicago, IL