Holly Fechner is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. She is a Partner at Covington & Burling LLP and co-chair of the firm’s technology industry group. Ms. Fechner advises clients on complex public policy matters that combine legal and political opportunities and risks. Named a top lobbyist by The Hill, she received the 2019 American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year” award. Fechner serves on the American Constitution Society board of directors.
Prior to joining Covington in 2007, Fechner was Policy Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). In that position, she developed policy initiatives, legislation and campaigns on a broad range of issues, including the economy, health care, employment, education, retirement policy, and civil rights. She was also Chief Labor & Pensions Counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. Ms. Fechner served as chief negotiator on legislation to reform the private pension system; increase the federal minimum wage; extend and reform unemployment insurance benefits; prevent genetic discrimination in health care and employment, and numerous other bills. She drafted the nation’s first paid sick days bill, which has served as a model for many states and municipalities.