Welcome back to Human Capital! After a short hiatus, we’re back with Daniel Suvor, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ chief of policy and senior counsel during her time as California attorney general. Suvor, partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and co-chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Litigation and Investigations Group, fills us in on what’s likely ahead in the upcoming Biden-Harris administration.
Regulatory enforcement “is going to significantly increase,” says Suvor, who remains active in politics. “I don’t think that’s going out on a limb.”
The top priority “seems to be the urgent response to COVID — to the growing public health crisis,” Suvor said. “I think that for Biden, the pandemic laid bare some truths about income inequality and the need to protect working families.”
Keep scrolling to see other top priorities Suvor predicts for the incoming Biden-Harris administration.
A quick backgrounder: Suvor specializes in high-stakes litigation, government investigations and controversies, and regulatory matters. His practice areas include products liability, health care, environmental, technology, financial services and white collar and investigation matters that could appear before government agencies.
Other high-level political roles: Suvor was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a litigation attorney for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and as special assistant to the general counsel of HHS. He also served in the Obama administration as senior director of the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs.
Expect significant focus on: consumer protection, enforcement in the health space, as well as big tech, antitrust and privacy issues as well as financial fraud. “I think they’ll also do a lot to make it easier for workers to organize and collectively bargain, and enforcement [of] wage and hour laws in addition to environmental law enforcement,” he said.