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Andrew Friedman

Principal and Founder, The Washington Update

Andy Friedman is one of the nation's most sought-after speakers on political and legislative developments and their effect on the government's tax, fiscal, and retirement policies.

The Washington Update: An Overview of the Political Environment, Prospective Legislation, and Strategies for Investment and Retirement Planning

For the first time in eight years, a new administration takes over the White House – an administration with vastly different policy goals than the one that preceded it.  President Trump’s initiatives promise to have far ranging effects on taxes, health care, sector regulation, government spending, and the country’s fiscal situation. 

Andy Friedman, an expert in political and legislative affairs, will lay out the wide ranging initiatives President Trump will seek to enact during his first year in office, including those involving infrastructure, jobs, tax reform, and industry-specific proposals for energy, health care, financial services, and other sectors.  He will consider the extent to which Trump can expect support from the Republican-led Congress and the impediments that nonetheless may stand in the way of enactment.  Throughout the year, he will continue to follow the proposals as they are formulated and refined. 

He also will consider the extent to which the new administration is likely to overturn or soften regulatory policies the Obama administration put in place, including the controversial Department of Labor regulation imposing new fiduciary obligations on financial advisors.

Finally, Andy will discuss how the new administration’s initiatives are likely to affect the economy, industry sectors, tax planning, investments, and the markets.  He will provide strategies that investors and financial advisors can consider to take advantage of (or protect against) market volatility and upcoming legislation, including specific strategies for investment, wealth transfer, and retirement planning.

Meet Andrew Friedman

Andy Friedman is one of the nation's most sought-after speakers on political and legislative developments and their effect on the government's tax, fiscal, and retirement policies.

According to CNBC, Andy Friedman is “one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on all things political.” An expert on political affairs, he is known for predicting the outcomes of Washington tax and fiscal deliberations and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider in light of the changing political landscape.

Friedman was a senior partner with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for almost thirty years, serving as head of the tax and corporate groups. He received his bachelor degree as valedictorian from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School.

Friedman also served as tax counsel to Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.

Friedman appears on CNBC, which refers to him as “Wall Street’s Tax Expert” and calls him “one of Washington’s savviest political observers.” He also has appeared on The Larry Kudlow Show, Fox Business Channel, and POTUS radio, has been profiled in The Washington Post and Research magazine, and is quoted extensively in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to USA Today.

Friedman is included in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which notes that “Andy’s ability to combine vast knowledge and a practical mindset permits him to convey the most complex of tax concepts in layman’s terms. He is the expert’s expert. If every lawyer were like him, the world would be a much better place.”

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