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With a deep understanding of employment and labor policy and the legislative and regulatory process, Ilyse W. Schuman provides strategic counsel and representation to clients on a broad array of workplace issues and developments in Congress and executive branch federal agencies. In this capacity, she:

  • Provides timely alerts and updates on legislative and regulatory changes that impact employers
  • Prepares in-depth analysis of legislative and regulatory changes
  • Drafts comments on proposed rules
  • Develops comprehensive legislative and regulatory strategies for clients
  • Offers compliance counseling

She is a member of the firm's Government Affairs practice and works with employers in multiple industries, including trade associations. She also leads the firm's Legislative and Regulatory practice.

A former top congressional staffer and policy advisor, Ilyse worked on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2001 to 2008, serving as minority staff director and chief counsel. She began her work in the Senate as chief labor counsel for Senator Mike Enzi on the Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training, where she led legislative and oversight activities on issues pertaining to:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Workplace safety
  • Labor relations
  • Wage and hour issues

Ilyse was pivotal in the development of key legislative initiatives in the areas of labor, employment, pensions and health care, including:

  • The Pension Protection Act
  • The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act
  • The Workforce Investment Act
  • The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act
  • Health care reform
  • Other wellness initiatives

She also was instrumental in the recent passage of the groundbreaking Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which is designed to protect Americans against employment and health insurance discrimination based on genetic predisposition.

After leaving the Senate, Schuman joined a leading trade association of electro-industry manufacturers as vice president, where she served as managing director of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, the collective voice of medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Additionally, she served as in-house counsel at a manufacturer and market and technology leader, where she advised the company on human resource matters. In law school, she was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business.


  • Named, John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow, 109th Congress
  • Dean's List, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Dean's List, Tufts University