Fritz Vaughan brings more than fifteen years of experience in law and politics to help clients in regulated industries achieve policy and business objectives at the national, federal, and state levels. His experience in all three branches of federal government and in the private sector, as well as his regular engagement with governors, state attorneys general, and state legislators across the country, enable Fritz not only to see the forest for the trees but to develop and execute strategies for complex issues across jurisdictions and multiple levels of government.
Fritz combines this experience and perspective with substantive knowledge to advise clients on policy risks and opportunities that may impact their bottom line, deliver persuasive advocacy to key policymakers and regulators, and partner with clients and stakeholders to address legislative and regulatory challenges.
When those challenges are particularly sensitive—such as when clients face the scrutiny of congressional investigations or testimony—Fritz’s prior experience managing congressional oversight matters for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, serving as Senior Counsel for the House Committee on Financial Services, and in private practice handling high-stakes litigation and regulatory investigations contribute to his ability to see the big picture and navigate the intersection of business, law, and politics.
Prior to joining the firm, Fritz was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he helped manage the Office of Legislative Affairs and congressional engagement strategy on a variety of matters, including issues concerning tax, banking and finance, BSA/AML compliance, international monetary sanctions, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). He was involved in the enactment and implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other historic bipartisan legislation central to confronting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fritz also developed, managed, and executed the Department’s congressional engagement strategy for all oversight requests and other high profile matters, and he prepared the Secretary and other senior leadership for numerous congressional hearings and briefings. Fritz is a recipient of the Secretary of the Treasury’s Exceptional Service Award.
Before serving at the Treasury, Fritz was Senior Counsel for the Committee on Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives where he managed all policy, legislation, and hearings on capital formation, securities, and investment issues. In remarks on the House floor, then-Chairman Jeb Hensarling recognized Fritz for his role negotiating the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018 (“JOBS Act 3.0”)—a bipartisan package of 32 bills that passed the House 406-to-4. Other government and political experience for Fritz includes serving in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House and in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during President George W. Bush’s second term, as well as working on multiple presidential campaigns.
Fritz also previously practiced law in the New York City and Washington, D.C. offices of another international law firm where he focused on white collar and securities litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as corporate governance matters. He served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. While attending the University of Georgia School of Law, Fritz was Editor in Chief of the Georgia Law Review, Volume 46. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.
University of Georgia School of Law J.D. (2012) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Wake Forest University B.A., Political Science (2005)
Wake Forest University B.A., Communications (2005) with honors
Wake Forest University School of Business and Executive Education (2021) Certificate in Integrated Marketing Strategy and Planning
District of Columbia (2017)
New York (2014)
North Carolina (2021)
District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
North Carolina State Bar Association, Member
Center for Creative Economy, Board Member
University of Georgia Law School Alumni Association Council, Member (2015-2017)
Georgia Law Review 50th Anniversary Gala, Co-Chair (2015-2016)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool, Alexandria, Virginia, Board of Directors, Member (2020)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York - Honorable Loretta A. Preska (Sep 2012-Sep 2013)