Bobby R. Burchfield is the co-managing partner of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. An accomplished trial lawyer who has never lost a jury trial, Bobby has an active litigation practice representing major corporations in cases throughout the country.
In 1992, Burchfield was General Counsel to President George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign. He has represented many public officials in campaign finance, ethics, and litigation matters. He argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Republican National Committee and other political parties in their challenge to the McCain-Feingold status in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, 124 S. Ct. 619 (2003). By appointment of President George W. Bush, he served on the Antitrust Modernization Commission, which issued its Report and Recommendations on April 2, 2007.
In addition to CrossroadsGPS, Burchfield serves on the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University, the Dean’s Advisory Board of George Washington Law School, and the Board of the Georgetown Pediatric Center. He obtained his B.A. in Economics and Politics from Wake Forest in 1976, and his J.D. from George Washington Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, in 1979.
Sally Vastola is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Government Relations & Public Policy Practice. She works with attorneys across the firm to advise clients on legislative and regulatory policies in the areas of tax, international trade, healthcare, financial services regulation and energy.
Ms. Vastola has more than 20 years’ experience in local, state and federal government. She also served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Republican Congressional Committee managing the organization’s strategy, budget and daily operations.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Vastola was Chief of Staff for the Hon. Thomas Reynolds, who served five terms, representing the 26th Congressional District in Upstate New York.
In addition to her experience on the national political scene, Ms. Vastola also served as Chief of Staff to Mr. Reynolds during his time in the State Assembly, including his tenure as Republican leader from 1995-1998. In this capacity, Sally oversaw a staff of over 250 employees.
A longtime civic activist, Ms. Vastola was selected to Leadership Buffalo’s second class in 1989. Leadership Buffalo’s mission is “to unite local leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of community issues, to broaden their vision and to enhance their ability to lead.” She was on the board of the Jr. League and has served as their State Public Affairs Chairman. She also directed the league’s “Woman-to-Woman” pilot program. “Woman-to-Woman” has since become a national model for helping women cope with dual addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Steven Law brings two and a half decades of diverse experience in government, politics, ethics and law to his role as chief executive of Crossroads GPS.
Law served as chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that role, Law ensured legal compliance for the Chamber’s multimillion-dollar political program, and personally created and directed the Chamber’s successful grassroots advocacy campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act.
Prior to his stint at the U.S. Chamber, Law was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor under President George W. Bush.
On Capitol Hill, Law served as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for both the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. Law was the manager of Senator Mitch McConnell’s first reelection campaign in 1990, and served as McConnell’s chief of staff from 1991 to 1997.
Law is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Steven Duffield serves as Vice President for Policy to Crossroads GPS, bringing together experience as a senior policy advisor in Congress and as a policy-political specialist within the Republican National Committee.
Steven’s experience on Capitol Hill includes service to Sen. Jon Kyl in the Senate Republican Policy Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, where he was policy director and chief counsel. Steven managed those leadership offices’ policy functions and advised on legislative strategy, coalition building, and message development.
After his service in the Senate, Steven served as executive director of the Republican Platform Committee where he managed the drafting and adoption of the national party’s official policy platform in 2008.
He has a law degree from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was on law review, and has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.