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She served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House, worked for a Governor and two Cabinet Secretaries. Now Laura helps clients navigate state government.
* Laura DeVivo is not licensed to practice law. Her work is supervised by a licensed attorney in the firm’s Raleigh, NC office.
Laura DeVivo joined Womble Carlyle after spending 12+ years in North Carolina’s Legislative and Executive Branches. She brings her public policy experience, political knowledge and top-level contacts to help Womble Carlyle clients. Most recently, she spent four years as Chief of Staff to N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney whom she advised on legislative strategy, the state budget, public policy, legislative and political strategy. Prior to that, she served as top aide to the House Majority Leader, Director of Legislative Affairs for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Legislative Liaison for the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and Federal Liaison for the North Carolina Governor in the Washington, DC office. Laura’s understanding of the intersection of politics and policy in the legislative and administrative branches makes her a go-to person for strategic advice and advocacy.
Since joining Womble Carlyle as a lobbyist in 2011, Laura has been ranked among the top 50 most effective lobbyists in Raleigh by her fellow lobbyists and legislators. On behalf of clients, she has successfully worked to pass legislation, block legislation, override a governor’s veto, block an override, and preserve program funding.
Laura attended Chapel Hill High School, The University of the South at Sewanee, and received a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Laura lives in Raleigh with her children, Bella and Jack. Laura is a co-author of Keeping Up With Jones Street, a blog about North Carolina state government.
Federal and State Government Affairs
Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives, 2007-2010; Aide to the Majority Leader, North Carolina House of Representatives 2003-2007; Director of Legislative Affairs, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 1998-2003; Legislative Liaison, NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, 1997-1998; Federal Liaison, NC Governor, 1994-1997.