With nearly 20 years of government affairs experience, Aaron assists clients with a wide range of federal issues including procurement, trade, workforce and economic development, environmental protection, species preservation and disability policy.
Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Aaron was founder and president of Grau & Associates, LLC, a lobbying and government relations consulting firm. Before creating his own company, Aaron directed Pittsburgh’s Duane Morris Government Strategies’ federal government affairs practice from its creation, a merger between GSP Consulting and Duane Morris Government Affairs in January 2012. Before the merger, as a GSP shareholder, Aaron oversaw GSP’s federal practice for nine years. During that time he managed and grew GSP’s (and later Duane Morris Government Strategies’) federal government affairs practice, bringing on grant writing and contract procurement services while overseeing the balance of the companies’ federal legislative portfolio.
Aaron was General Counsel for LRG, Inc., an Alexandria, Virginia based boutique-lobbying firm. While there Aaron helped establish, manage, and advocate trade associations including the National Job Corps Association and the National Organization of Rehabilitation Partners.
Earlier, Aaron was Majority Counsel on the U.S. Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee where he developed Senate hearings and negotiated and drafted several pieces of federal legislation. He was part of the Senate team that created the Workforce Investment Act, a bipartisan bill signed into law during a Rose Garden ceremony in August 1998. His specific responsibilities included working closely with the disability community to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act and with the Job Corps community, including the Department of Labor.