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Michael Whatley – Partner


Michael Whatley works with a wide range of companies and trade associations in the energy and transportation sectors helping them with policy making, communications and and strategic engagement with Congress, federal Departments and Agencies and State Governments. Whatley’s proven campaign and government expertise assist HBW’s clients to achieve their goals.

Whatley previously served as Chief of Staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Subcommittee Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Secretary Paul Coverdell (R-GA).  Prior to his service in Washington, Whatley clerked for The Honorable Robert D. Potter, U.S. District Court Judge, Western District of North Carolina.

He holds a J.D. and Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s degree in Religion from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.