Lynnette R. Jacquez
Lynn Jacquez’ professional background spans private law practice, government relations, and service in the Federal government. Upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, she came to Capitol Hill to serve as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. In her work for its Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and International Law, she had primary responsibility for the drafting and processing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and refugee reauthorization legislation. After her tenure on the Committee, Ms. Jacquez entered private practice with Heron, Burchette, Ruckert & Rothwell, and later with McAuliffe, Kelly & Raffaelli. In 1992, she helped form the government relations firm which became CJ Strategies in 2006 and in 2011 established the law firm of CJ Lake LLC where she is now managing partner and Principal.
In her legal and government affairs practice, Ms Jacquez has been able to bring to her clients a depth of experience in federal legislative law, with emphasis on state and local funding issues, transportation and technology projects, emissions reductions programs and workforce and employment law. Ms. Jacquez has successfully negotiated military land transfer agreements to local governmental entities and helped develop base reuse and economic development strategies for Castle Air Force Base, NAS Alameda and March Air Force Base. She has worked with several local governments and private businesses in developing technology transfer projects to aid local economic development. Ms. Jacquez has been successful in securing funding for advanced transportation technology projects and emissions reductions programs for over 20 years and for district transit systems and is active in national organizations devoted to the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles.
Ms. Jacquez was a member of the government relations team representing the Salt Lake City Olympics Organizing Committee. She worked in securing transportation funding for the Games and after 9-11 worked on the law enforcement process for designation as a national security event and secured funding for the heightened security measures attached to such designation. She also worked on behalf of the New York and Boston Presidential Convention Committees to secure national security designation and commensurate funding.
Ms. Jacquez specializes in identifying federal policy and funding opportunities for her clients and has in-depth knowledge of the legislative process from drafting of legislative provisions to development of strategy to secure enactment to impacting the regulatory process for implementation.
In her legal practice, Ms. Jacquez represents employers in individual and class action litigation involving MSPA, wage and labor and immigration law. She counsels employer clients on statutory and regulatory compliance with immigration laws including I-9 compliance and temporary foreign worker visa program compliance. She represents organizations seeking regulatory and legislative reform to address workforce issues and is actively engaged on behalf of employers in developing immigration program reform legislation.
Ms. Jacquez is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Ms. Jacquez received her undergraduate degree from L’Université d’Aix-Marseilles and holds a law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.