Elliot Williams is a Principal in The Raben Group’s Government Affairs Practice Group. Elliot joined Raben after nearly eight years as a senior political appointee in the Obama administration. He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice, where he played significant roles in helping secure Senate confirmation for both Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. He also managed a team that handled the Department’s legislative affairs activity dealing with antitrust, civil, civil rights, criminal, environmental, immigration, and tax enforcement.
Prior to Justice, he spent several years as Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As the head of the agency’s legislative affairs efforts, he developed significant substantive expertise in immigration policy, as well as an understanding of the operational and political elements of policy change.
Elliot previously worked as Judiciary Counsel to now-Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and started his career as a practicing attorney — first clerking for two federal judges, and then being accepted into to the Attorney General’s Honors Program, where he served as a Trial Attorney in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.