Dawn Sears is a Partner and Counsel of Porterfield, Fettig & Sears, LLC (PFS). Sears has over a decade of experience providing clients with actionable strategic and political advice. She is a committed advocate and represents clients before Congress and regulatory agencies of the executive branch.
Since joining the firm in 2006, Sears has represented clients in Congressional deliberations leading to enactment of a number of laws including the Housing Economic and Recovery Act, the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In addition to client advocacy, as Counsel, Sears is responsible for overseeing the firm’s compliance and legal matters.
Sears is an accomplished, effective counsel providing policy expertise to a wide range of clients. She received her start off the Hill as Legislative Counsel for the Independent Community Bankers of America, where she successfully advocated on behalf of community banks before Congress and federal financial regulators.
Earlier in her career, Sears worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Judiciary Committee and served as Legislative Counsel on financial services and commerce policy for Representative Lee Terry, who then served on the House Banking Committee.
A native of Rhode Island, Sears is a graduate of Roger Williams University and Roger Williams University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and before the United States Supreme Court.