The ACG Team

Manus Cooney Strategic Partner ACG Advocacy

Manus Cooney

Manus Cooney serves as a Managing Partner of ACG Advocacy.  He brings to the table a distinguished public policy practice specializing in intellectual property, competition, and administration of justice policy matters. ACG’s clients will have the benefit of his expertise in strategic public policy planning, execution, and representation before federal agencies and Congress.


Prior to his career in client advocacy, Mr. Cooney served as Senior Vice President and Policy Counsel for the file-sharing company Napster, Inc. He was responsible for setting the company’s strategic course on public policy and product development issues. He served as the principal liaison to the White House, the Department of Justice, Congressional offices, industry leaders, and the media on key technology policy and product issues.


Mr. Cooney served with distinction on Capitol Hill for over a decade. From 1996-2000, Mr. Cooney served as Chief Counsel & Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was the principal legal and policy advisor to the Committee’s Chairman, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT). Mr. Cooney was primarily responsible for the development and stewardship of the Committee’s legislative, executive, and oversight agendas. The issues overseen by Mr. Cooney included: intellectual property law; Internet policy issues; judicial nominations; civil justice reform; and oversight of the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch.


Mr. Cooney has had many leadership roles.  Mr. Cooney currently serves on the Board of Directors for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children where he previously served as Chairman of the Board.  He’s previously held Board seats  The Churchill Centre & Churchill Museum and The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is a Member of The Federal City Council, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., The Federalist Society and The American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sen. John McCain appointed Mr. Cooney to the Justice Advisory Committee of the McCain for President Campaign.  He is regularly listed in the annual list of top lobbyists published by The Hill.


Mr. Cooney holds degrees from Villanova University and the University of Baltimore Law School.


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