Jim Wiltraut assists clients through the arduous federal legislative and appropriations process and was recognized in Stars and Stripes newspaper for his talent at navigating clients around Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government. He is not an attorney.
Jim effectively takes client concerns to government officials when policies or changes in law would negatively impact their ability to do business and provides companies with access to decision makers interested in hearing from experts in a variety of fields.
Though best known in Washington for representing clients in the areas of national defense and homeland security, Jim also has experience representing energy companies, including those involved in the trading of biofuels, oil, gas, coal and other commodities.
Jim has helped energy companies navigate the complex web of state licensing boards and has facilitated the building of new partnerships with local, state and federal governments in order to better link companies to the communities in which they operate.
Some of Jim's recent accomplishments have included:
- Successfully fighting for millions of dollars in much-needed modernization funding for one of America's leading shipbuilding contractors.
- Developing the initial policy arguments to prevent the U.S. Secretary of Defense from deactivating the 111th Fighter Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, stationed at Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Willow Grove. Buchanan lawyers used that argument as the foundation for the only successful lawsuit to challenge a base closure recommendation made by the Department of Defense to the BRAC Commission.
- On behalf of the Animal Drug Alliance, twice defeating legislation that would have adversely affected the generic veterinary pharmaceutical industry.
As a senior policy advisor to former Congressman Paul McHale (D-PA), Jim wrote legislation and created strategies for the passage of a variety of initiatives, including those dealing with national security issues such as force restructuring and troop "quality-of-life" reforms.
In addition, Jim played a key role in the formation of and was the minority staff associate to the National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he organized and managed the National Guard and Reserve Equipment (NG&RE) list, providing more than $600 million annually in equipment modernization to U.S. Reserve forces.
A 30-year veteran of the military, Jim is a public affairs officer in the United States Navy Reserve. As part of Operation Enduring Freedom, he served as an advisor to the Joint United States Military Assistance Group in Manila, providing strategic communication guidance to military leaders of the Republic of the Philippines.
Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College at National Defense University.