Growing National Political Law Firm Adds 11 Lawyers in GA, NC, WA and DC

Additions Enhance Litigation, Political Law, Corporate and Family Law Practices

As part of an expansion of its law firm across numerous states, Chalmers, Adams, Backer & Kaufman, LLC announced today that it has added 11 lawyers in states around the country. The firm, which was previously known as Chalmers & Adams, LLC and has been described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a “powerhouse GOP law firm,” now has nineteen lawyers located in seven jurisdictions, with offices in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Its lawyers are admitted to practice in 15 states, enhancing the firm’s national presence.

“We are very excited these outstanding lawyers have joined the firm,” said Douglas Chalmers, Jr., the managing member of the firm. “These additions will allow us to expand the scope of the litigation, political law, corporate and family law solutions we offer to our clients. We are looking forward to continuing our growth into additional states and practice areas.”

The recent additions in Georgia include Alex Kaufman, Rob Kaufman, Kevin Kucharz, Juan Patino and Jim Hicks, all of whom joined the firm from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. and who focus on commercial and political litigation and corporate law; Jon Spetalnick, who was a solo practitioner and has a family law and estate planning practice; and Yana Ruseva. Messrs. Patino and Hicks and Ms. Ruseva joined the firm as associates; the remaining attorneys are members.

Among other things, Alex Kaufman has served as general counsel to the Georgia Republican Party, and he served in the Office of Executive Counsel for Governor Sonny Perdue. Rob Kaufman is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried cases and argued appeals across the country and closed deals in excess of $100 million.

The recent additions in North Carolina include Phil Thomas and Kevin Cline. Mr. Thomas joined the firm from the North Carolina Republican Party, where he served as its chief counsel and political director. Mr. Cline joined the firm from his solo practice, where he served as the Republican National Committee’s election integrity counsel in North Carolina. Both focus on political and government law and civil litigation. The firm’s North Carolina team also includes Charles D. “Chuck” Gabriel, a seasoned litigator who has moved to North Carolina from Georgia; and Caitlin Contestable, an experienced political lawyer. All of these attorneys are members of the firm.

The addition in Washington State is Drew Stokesbary, who practices in the areas of corporate, political and election law. He is lead counsel in redistricting cases pending in federal court in Washington. Mr. Stokesbary also serves in the Washington State House of Representatives, where he is the House Minority Leader.

The addition in the District of Columbia is Moses Ayala, who focuses on political law. Mr. Ayala is also a member of the firm.

The firm’s Pennsylvania practice is led by member Zachary Wallen, an experienced political law practitioner whose campaign finance practice and election litigation practice has been trusted by some of the most high-profile campaigns across the country, and who has litigated First Amendment and election administration cases in state and federal court, including before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The other named members of the firm are firm founder Douglas Chalmers, Jr., who specializes in litigation and political law; Michael Adams, who spent more than a decade as general counsel for the Republican Governors Association and is an expert on campaign finance and election law; and Dan Backer, one of the nation’s most well-respected attorneys specializing in matters before the Federal Election Commission.

For more information: Please contact Douglas Chalmers, Jr. at 202-793-6977, 770-630-5927 or

More information on the firm, including professional bios for its lawyers, is available on its website located at