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James Brandell, Ph.D.

James Brandell, Ph.D.

Government Policy Advisor


  • Government Policy & Practice
  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance
  • Government Reorganization and Restructuring

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D.C., U.S.A.

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James Brandell is the leader of Dykema's federal government relations team. With more than 20 years of government relations experience on state, federal and international levels, Dr. Brandell has extensive experience crafting and implementing legislative and political strategy; attracting, managing and retaining talented staff; and developing and managing multimillion dollar budgets.

Dr. Brandell has a proven track record of advancing important issues through the legislative process, and has strong professional relationships in both major political parties. He has a well-developed network of diverse global and Capitol Hill contacts with senior staff, members of Congress, foreign diplomats, heads of trade associations, members of the media, as well as key state and local leaders across the country.

As Chief of Staff to Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp for over a decade, Dr. Brandell led Chairman Camp's team on successful legislative issues, including trade agreement implementation, the first comprehensive tax reform bill in a generation, and health care reform proposals. He served as chief liaison with Congressional leadership and the White House.

Active in leadership roles at the state level, Dr. Brandell was Deputy Chief of Staff to Michigan Governor John Engler, where he served as chief liaison to all state and national political organizations and managed several administrative divisions within the executive office.

In addition, he worked overseas for an international nonprofit, where he opened its Serbia office, managing U.S. government grants in excess of $2 million. He conducted country-wide focus groups; helped develop public opinion surveys for use in national elections; and organized election monitoring missions.

Throughout his career, Dr. Brandell has spent significant time working on Congressional and Presidential campaigns. He managed major political activities for Chairman Camp, including fundraising and leadership PAC committees. He is also involved in numerous charitable efforts, including serving on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Brandell has a bachelor's of arts degree in international relations from Michigan State University, a master's of arts degree in liberal studies in American culture from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in public administration and public affairs from Virginia Tech University.


Virginia Tech University, Ph.D., Public Administration/Public Affairs, 2019 University of Michigan, M.A., Liberal Studies, 1996 Michigan State University, B.A., International Relations, 1990
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law & Regulation | FDA Regulatory | Government Policy & Practice | Government Reorganization and Restructuring | Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance


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Dykema, June 2021

On Friday, May 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Revenue Proposals” (the “Green Book”). The Green Book, a copy of which is locatedhere, provides detailed descriptions of the Biden Administration’s legislative tax proposals, which the White House formally announced on May 28, 2021, when it released its fiscal year 2022 Budget proposals...

The American Jobs Plan Proposes Important Corporate Tax Changes
Dykema, April 2021

On March 31, 2021, the Biden Administration released a Fact Sheet for its proposed American Jobs Plan (the “AJP”). The full text of the AJP can be found here. Although the AJP is primarily a proposal for rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, positioning the U.S. to compete with China and creating millions of jobs, it also proposes important corporate tax changes necessary to fund the AJP...

Major Tax Changes On The Horizon
Dykema, March 2021

Now that the COVID relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, has passed and is now being implemented, the focus in Congress and the Biden Administration will be moving to their next major bill as part of President Biden's Build Back Better plan. While some may wish this next bill to move quickly, the bill's complexity mostly likely means a longer process over the next six months...

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