National law firm Polsinelli continues to expand its Public Policy practice depth in Missouri with the addition of long-time political and legal advisor Richard M. AuBuchon. The attorney most recently served as chief legal advisor and governmental lobbyist to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.
“Rich is a huge asset to our Public Policy team,” said Jefferson City Managing Partner Rodney Gray. “He brings superior insight and value to our clients through his extensive legal, political and lobbying experience with the governor and lieutenant governor’s offices, as well as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Rich is well respected by his peers as well as members of both political parties. We are very fortunate to have him at Polsinelli.”
AuBuchon has built a unique body of work experience, both in government service and in the courtroom.
Prior to working for the Missouri Chamber, he served as Chief of Staff & General Counsel for Lt. Governor Peter D. Kinder, the only Republican elected to statewide office in 2008. AuBuchon also has worked for the Environmental Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, performed as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Counsel for the Missouri Office of Administration and served on the senior staff of former Governor Matt Blunt.
As an attorney, AuBuchon practiced law throughout the western United States as an associate for a Wyoming-based firm, representing various interests in environmental defense litigation with a focus on land use, water and endangered species. He appeared before U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal in California, Arizona, Oregon and Montana.
“Sometimes, I feel like I’ve seen and experienced it all,” AuBuchon said. “I have had the opportunity to practice as an attorney, work in government service and lobby to ensure Missouri remains a better business environment. Coming to a firm like Polsinelli gives me an excellent platform from which to develop my public policy practice. I’m really excited to join the firm, which has a great reputation nationally as well as in Jefferson City.”
AuBuchon noted that this year Missouri lawmakers will grapple with many of the same difficult issues – the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, insurance exchanges, economic development and tort reform – they’ve struggled with over the past four years. He says his strong business connections and his experience as a business advocate will provide an extra leg of credibility with clients.
“Virtually every issue we have seen come before the General Assembly in the past four years has been large and complex,” AuBuchon said. “I see little change in the coming year. Nothing will be easy, but our clients will know they have a solid business advocate on their side.”
AuBuchon earned his law degree with honors from the University of Tulsa’s College of Law in 2001. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science in 1998 from Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Polsinelli is committed to serving its clients in the public policy arena with offices in four state capitals and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Jefferson City office provides legislative services consisting of representing and consulting with clients including the presentation of issues to the Missouri General Assembly, developing and coordinating legislative issues coalitions, and assisting clients having administrative and regulatory issues before either the current administration or any of the executive branch state agencies.