Principals

Thomas P. Hogan, Esq.,

Thomas P. Hogan is a co-founder and Managing Director of F/S Capitol Consulting LLC, and is a partner and founder in Hogan Law Associates LLP. After co-founding these companies in 1999, Mr. Hogan managed his state lobbying practice in Rhode Island, and provided legal services through Hogan Law Associates. In 2001, when he moved to Washington, DC and expanded F/S Capitol's business to include a federal lobbying practice. He now manages the federal practice and oversees F/S Capitol's state lobbying efforts and Hogan Law Associate's legal matters in his home-state of Rhode Island.

Since 1999, Mr. Hogan has represented clients on Capitol Hill on issues including transportation and infrastructure, energy and climate change, appropriations, education, and health care. He advises clients on strengthening relationships, cultivating coalition partners, and raising the political and public profile clients and issues in Washington, DC. Mr. Hogan represents clients' interests in organizations including the Democratic and Republican Congressional Campaign Committees, the three Governors Associations and four Attorneys General Associations. 

As Managing Partner of Hogan Law Associates, LLC, Mr. Hogan provides legal services to Rhode Island clients on various issues including regulatory matters, federal and state ethics laws, and gifts and campaign finance law. Mr. Hogan has written and taught courses on lobbying and ethics for corporate clients as well as for the Rhode Island Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee. He also represents corporations' and organizations' interests before the State Attorneys General Associations. Mr. Hogan has been involved in negotiations and strategy in connection with multi-state litigation involving States' Attorneys General. 

From 1988 to 1999, Mr. Hogan was a member of a prestigious law firm in Rhode Island and served as legal and legislative counsel to national corporations and trade associations. He participated in landmark legislation in the Rhode Island State House on issues including banking, environmental issues, transportation, tax reform, and health insurance and hospital conversion law.

Mr. Hogan graduated from Providence College in 1984, and earned a J.D. from Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1987. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bars. 

Mr. Hogan appears regularly on CBS TV (WUSA), CCTV, the Jim Bohannon Show, WTOP New Radio in Washington, DC, and other national syndicated news programs as a political commentator. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife, Dr. Sheilah Lynch, and their two daughters Mary Kate and Elle Grace.

Email: thogan@fscapitol.com | Phone: 202.746.4709


Carolyn Murray

Carolyn Murray joined F/S Capitol Consulting, LLC in 2001. As Senior Director, Ms. Murray is responsible for managing the State Government Relations practice at F/S Capitol's Rhode Island office, one of the state's largest lobbying firms. 

Ms. Murray provides representation for major corporations in addition to state and national trade associations. She has been involved in issues regarding energy, financial services, transportation, excise taxes, alcohol, gaming, tobacco, automobile and motorcycles, highway safety, food and nutrition, fireworks and public safety, and soft drink and bottled water issues. Ms. Murray has also coordinated the logistics of a successful statewide issue campaign that blended the use of print and radio media, polling, social media and grassroots lobbying efforts.

Keeping a daily presence at the State House during the legislative session, Ms. Murray works closely with leadership, committee chairs, and rank and file members to forge strong relationships and ensure positive outcomes for clients. Ms. Murray places a premium on compliance, ethics, filing and reporting, and she fiercely protects the integrity and reputation of both clients and the firm in a challenging regulatory environment. 

Ms. Murray is a 1983 graduate of Providence College. She is a member of Women Ending Hunger at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and serves on the Board of Directors at the Marymount Country Day School. 

Email: cmurray@fscapitol.com | Phone: 401.374.4657

Government Relations Specialists

Margaret Hogan Sweeney

Margaret Hogan Sweeney is Managing Director of the Rhode Island office and represents clients on regulatory, administrative and municipal matters. Ms. Sweeeney also represents corporations' interests before the National Association of Attorneys General, assisting in developing strategies and negotiating multi-state litigation matters on her clients' behalf.

Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Ms. Sweeney worked at MetLife Auto &Home as an in-house corporate and regulatory attorney where her responsibilities included representing this national insurer in all aspects of regulatory, corporate and compliance matters, negotiating contracts, managing litigation and reviewing advertising and corporate communications.

Before her time at MetLife Auto & Home, Ms. Sweeney was an associate at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller where she concentrated on medical malpractice defense, premises liability, and municipal liability. Prior to that, Ms. Sweeney was an associate at Hanson, Curran, Parks & Whitman where she also practiced insurance defense litigation.

From1992 to 1994, Ms. Sweeney served as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. She worked in the Civil Division of the Department focusing on civil litigation, advisory opinions, open meetings and access to public records matters, and drafting and testifying on proposed legislation.

Ms. Sweeney received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1991, and her B.S. from Providence College in 1986. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Sweeney served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Margaret is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Email: phogansweeney@yahoo.com | Phone: 401.480.9298

 

Meghan Mutchler Deerin

Meghan Mutchler Deerin is Director of Research and Monitoring in the Washington, D.C. office. She conducts research and analysis of legislative issues and writes and edits bi-monthly newsletters and updates to clients and their membership.

Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Ms. Deerin was a news reporter, writing for both print and Internet news outlets, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and several national magazines.  Over the years, she has covered a broad range of beats, including local government, schools, business, crime and features. 

Ms. Deerin covered education at the regional and state levels in Chicago, detailing ongoing battles in the state legislature over proposed school funding reform.  She wrote daily stories and front-page centerpieces on the area’s chronically cash-strapped public schools.  Her article on a college incentive program in an impoverished Chicago suburb appeared as the cover story of the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine.

At The New York Times Washington Bureau, Ms. Deerin wrote features for the National section, leading the National page with an article on the controversy over the proposed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Ms. Deerin also wrote front-page features for the Times Business section.  

As a police reporter in Maryland, Ms. Deerin wrote a series on juvenile crime and covered high-profile trials, winning the spot news category in the 1996 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Editorial Contest.  She was promoted to education reporter later that year and also won first place for education story in the 1996 Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Editorial Contest.

While a student in Boston, Ms. Deerin worked as a news production assistant for the daily 6 pm news show at WCVB-Channel 5, the city’s ABC affiliate.  She reported and researched news stories, interviewed story subjects and edited video clips for the daily 6 pm news show.  Ms. Deerin received her B.A. in English from Boston College in 1992, cum laude.

Email: mdeerin@fscapitol.com | Phone: 202.309.9044

 

Jack Tear

Jack Teear joined F/S Capitol Consulting in 2014.  He maintains a daily presence at the Rhode Island Legistature, lobbying on issues including food and beverage, tobacco, transportation and energy policy.  Mr. Teear acts as a liaison to the client and the legislature, keeping up-to-date of all bill movement and communicating with relevant committees, Chairpersons’ and Leadership.  

Prior to joining F/S Capitol, Mr. Teear was a researcher at the Rhode Island State Archives.  He also worked as a communications campaign staffer for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professional, writing literature for candidates running for local and statewide office.  Mr. Teear is a 2013 graduate of the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, and studied American Government and History at Keene State College.