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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 in 2011 after spending 12+ years in North Carolina’s Legislative and Executive Branches. Her understanding of the intersection of politics and policy in the legislative and administrative branches make her a go-to person for strategic advice, political advice and advocacy throughout state government. She offers her public policy experience, political knowledge and top-level contacts to Womble Carlyle clients. Just before joining Womble Carlyle, 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 works effectively on both sides of the aisle. 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 - maintaining that ranking while Republicans control the House, the Senate and the State Capital. 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. She has represented clients with interests in tax policy, healthcare, environmental regulation, manufacturing, non-nonprofit, education, the death penalty and others
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.
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.