Clayton Heil is a principal and founding member of Ice Miller Strategies LLC. His practice focuses on several key areas including federal appropriations, homeland security and defense matters emphasizing strategy development, lobbying, legislative and regulatory counseling, and creative solutions to corporate, non-profit, and governmental issues at the federal level.
Mr. Heil joined the firm in December 2006, after spending 12 years working in various senior positions in the United States Senate. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
With a membership of 30 Senators, a staff over 120, and an annual budget over $17 million, the Senate Appropriations Committee is the largest committee in the Senate. Its twelve subcommittees have jurisdiction over more than $1 trillion of annual federal spending. The appropriations bills written by the Committee each year fund and influence every activity of the federal government, and constitute the only legislation Congress must pass every year.
In Clayton's capacity on the Committee he oversaw all legal matters, worked closely with subcommittee Chairmen, bi-cameral leadership, as well as the Administration, and the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Heil helped oversee the successful passage of four emergency supplemental appropriations bills during the 109th Congress. These bills provided funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and needed resources to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami that occurred in Southeast Asia in 2004. In 2001, Mr. Heil was the Legislative Director and Counsel to Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Clayton had overall responsibility for all legislative and appropriations work for the Senator. While managing a legislative staff of 15, Clayton was the lead staffer on Defense, Homeland Security, Telecommunications, Maritime, and Judiciary issues. Mr. Heil has also served in various other capacities for Senator Cochran since 1995 and worked on Telecommunications, Banking and Health Care issues.
In 1999, Mr. Heil worked as Professional Staff Member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies. In that position he worked for then Subcommittee Chairman Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Full Committee Chairman Ted Stevens of Alaska. Clayton wrote and successfully negotiated the yearly budgets for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Judiciary, the Bureau of Prisons, the Maritime Administration, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Heil received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University in Economics and Political Science. Clayton is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.