Michael Esposito

Michael Esposito founded Federal Advocates, Inc. in 2006 and has grown it into one of Washington, D.C.’s most premier bipartisan government relations firms. As Founder and President of Federal Advocates, Inc., he oversees the Firm’s government affairs staff, which operates out of offices in both Washington, D.C. and California. Full Bio

John Sweeney
Of Counsel

John Sweeney is a former four-term Republican Congressman, best known for leading the effort to send $20 billion in emergency federal aid to New York City after 9/11, and having to cross party lines to get this done. Full Bio

Nick Tobenkin
Vice President of Government Affairs

Nick Tobenkin joins Federal Advocates as an experienced politico and trusted advisor, with a reputation for getting the job done. Originally from Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Full Bio

Peter Mihalick
Director of Government Affairs

Peter J. Mihalick, Esq. is a native of Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After receiving his degree, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the American Legislative Exchange Council and the International Monetary Fund before returning to New York to attend law school at Hofstra University. Ful Bio

Ben Odendahl
Legislative Counsel

Ben is the Legislative Counsel for the firm covering tax & gaming, environmental, and federal procurement issues for clients. Prior to joining Federal Advocates in 2017, Odendahl was a legislative assistant on the State Government Affairs team for Charter Communications. Full Bio

Alexander Savostianov
Director of International Affairs

Alexander Savostianov is a career diplomat with over 10 years of international experience and strong subject expertise in bilateral diplomacy, political analysis, international trade and investment, strategic communications and diplomatic protocol. Full Bio

Peter G. Mirijanian
Director of Public Affairs

For over 25 years, Peter Mirijanian has provided public affairs expertise to dozens of corporate, trade association and individual clients. He has directed and implemented crisis and litigation communications efforts, with a primary focus on national media.Full Bio

James Jakel
Public Affairs

James Jakel comes to Federal Advocates as an Advisor for Client Services and support in California. Jakel had a distinguished career as a City Manager and Economic Development professional. Full Bio

David Gellman
Legislative Assistant

David Gellman is an experienced congressional affairs professional based out of Federal Advocates’ K Street office. Prior to his move to the government relations sector, David served on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to Congressman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida, where he handled a diverse portfolio of issues and responsibilities. Full Bio

Jameel Odom
Legislative Assistant

Jameel Odom is a recent law school graduate from the American University Washington College of Law. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jameel received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Full Bio

J.J. Keever
Of Counsel

Keever is a versatile maritime industry business leader and executive with more than 25 years of progressively increasing experience, including comprehensive, broad based knowledge of strategic planning; positioning; policy development; liaison to State, local and federal governments; pricing; capital expansions and evaluation. Full Bio