An accomplished policy advisor and advocate, Jeff boasts a long track record of developing impactful advocacy strategies, messaging and relationships to advance our clients' specific legislative goals and objectives. A member of the Legislative & Public Policy Group in Washington, D.C., Jeff focuses his practice on homeland security, defense and transportation policy issues on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. Having served in both the legislative and executive branched in senior level positions, he has tackled the country's most complex aviation and homeland security policy issues and is a sought-after expert in these fields. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security for Secretary Michael Chertoff and at the Transportation Security Administration, where he served as the assistant administrator for legislative affairs. On Capitol Hill he served as legislative counsel for Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI). Following his tenure with Congress, he joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association as their general counsel. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and son.
- Recently conducted a successful public advocacy campaign for a small company's analytic software program for intelligence analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Created and implemented a strategy raising awareness of the program and for its use at other agencies within the intelligence community.
- Regular Contributor of Security Debrief - a blog dedicated to homeland security, terrorism and counter-terrorism, intelligence and law enforcement that provides context to the debates, policies and politics that are playing out in Washington, D.C.
- At TSA, he served as the lead negotiator and counsel for all legislation introduced in Congress, including the “9/11 Commission Recommendations Act.”
Jeff Sural, former assistant administrator for legislative affairs at TSA, and counsel in the firm’s Legislative & Public Policy Group, was quoted in a USA Today article discussing the recent proposed TSA regulation change permitting travelers to carry small knives and sports equipment aboard passenger planes beginning April 25.
March 1, 2011
In the Press
- Member of the Alston & Bird LLP Pro Bono Committee
- American Red Cross National Capitol Region Oscar Night benefit, Board of Directors 2010-11
- Aero Club of Washington, D.C., Board of Directors 2008