**Press Release**Darryl L. DePriest Confirmed as Chief Counsel
Monday, December 14, 2015
For Release: December 11, 2015
SBA Number: 15-07 ADV
Contact: Elle Patout
Darryl L. DePriest Confirmed as Chief Counsel
U.S. Senate confirms Chief Counsel for Advocacy by voice vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. Senate confirmed Darryl L. DePriest as Chief Counsel for Advocacy yesterday evening. DePriest is the seventh presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed Chief Counsel for the Office of Advocacy.
“I am honored and humbled to serve on behalf of America’s small businesses. I want to thank President Obama, the U.S. Senate, and the numerous small business owners and organizations who supported my nomination,” said DePriest.
“My utmost responsibility will be to serve as the independent voice for our nation’s small businesses within the federal government. With more than 28 million small businesses in America, I know my job will be tough, but I am prepared for the challenge. I look forward to keeping our nation’s economy strong through a vibrant small business marketplace.”
Prior to joining the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, DePriest was the Senior Consultant for Legal and Regulatory Communications for Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a position he held since 2008. Before joining Hill + Knowlton, Mr. DePriest served as the General Counsel of the American Bar Association from 1988 until 2006. From 1980 to 1988, Mr. DePriest was a litigation attorney at Jenner & Block, where he was named partner in 1987. From 1979 to 1980, he was a judicial law clerk for the Judge Robert E. Keeton of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mr. DePriest has also served as a fellow, board member, and president of Leadership Greater Chicago, and as chair of the City of Chicago Board of Ethics. Mr. DePriest received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, call (202) 205-6533 or get updates on Twitter (@AdvocacySBA) or Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdvocacySBA.