Chase Everton Derek Brown

Founding Partners of Utah Policy Advocates, Chase Everton and Derek E. Brown, Join Michael Best Strategies

Michael Best Strategies proudly welcomes Chase Everton and Derek E. Brown to its Utah office. Everton and Brown bring combined experience from their own firm, Utah Policy Advocates, to work as Principals for Michael Best Strategies in Utah.

“As we have experienced in our other Western markets, Utah is experiencing complex policy and regulatory issues that require depth of expertise and a team approach that leverages policy and legal expertise, public affairs, and state and federal political relationships,” said Rob Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies. “We are excited that Derek and Chase are joining our national team of experts, as we continue to deliver solutions to Utah’s business and policy challenges.”

Prior to joining Michael Best Strategies, Chase Everton co-founded the Utah-based public relations, media, and government strategy firm, Utah Policy Advocates. While in that role, Everton aggressively marketed the firm to local and national contracts, resulting in new Fortune 500 clients as well as multiple public relations campaigns on tax reform and national corporate mergers.

Everton has extensive experience as a government relations professional in Utah. He served as a legislative staffer in the Utah Senate, political radio show producer, trade association lobbyist, political director for the Utah Republican Party, and corporate lobbyist managing multi-state legislative efforts.

“I’m excited to bring my expertise and current book of business to an organization that shares my passion and work ethic,” commented Everton. “Michael Best Strategies has an unwavering commitment to their clients. I look forward to working with the team to drive positive results.”

Derek Brown, an attorney who practiced constitutional and appellate law with the Washington D.C. office of Sidley & Austin, has served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, where he served in roles such as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee. He later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to United States Senator Mike Lee, which included managing all of Senator Lee’s offices in Utah.

Brown also served as Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy for 1-800 Contacts, overseeing all federal and state government relations strategy nationwide. He has also served as General Counsel in Washington D.C. to United States Senator Robert F. Bennett.

As a Founding Partner of Utah Policy Advocates, Brown brings a unique and expansive breadth of experience in law, public relations, and government relations. As an attorney and government relations professional, Brown has represented both start-up companies as well as Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves on the boards of Utah organizations such as Intermountain Homecare, Hale Centre Theatre, and the Utah Cultural Alliance, and regularly teaches courses in communications law and ethics as an Adjunct Professor at Brigham Young University

“After working in the legal and government relations arena for nearly two decades,” Brown stated, “I now look forward to utilizing that experience and contacts I have gained to serve Michael Best Strategies and our clients.”


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