Name: R. Paul Stimers
Firm: K&L Gates
Stimers, who says he gets “the world’s worst motion sickness,” has no desire to go into space. But the K&L Gates partner wants to help everyone else get there. With NASA’s space-shuttle program coming to an end, Stimers is advocating for private-sector space flight on behalf of his client, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He successfully lobbied last year for passage of the NASA Reauthorization Act, which included $1.6 billion of funding for private companies building rockets for human space travel. Stimers also lobbies for other cutting-edge clients. He began working for the NanoBusiness Alliance in 2002, when he helped pass the 21st Century Nanotech Research and Development Act.
This article appears in the June 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.