Our People

John-Garrett Kemper

Life at Kemper

  • Over twenty years of experience representing clients in high stakes state governmental matters
  • Practice Areas include maritime, regulated utilities, telecommunications, and complex legislative disputes

Life Before Kemper

  • Practiced law in the litigation section of politically oriented law firm
  • Joined Kemper Consulting in 1997, shortly after the firm was founded in 1996
  • Graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and College of William and Mary Law School

Professional Life

  • Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite, Virginia Super Lawyers, and numerous other peer rankings in the area of government relations law
  • Graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
  • Graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute
  • Graduate of Leadership Hampton Roads

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Avid surfer who still travels the world searching for the next great wave
  • Lifelong songwriter and guitar player
  • Meditation enthusiast who has been practicing various forms for decades
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Marianne Radcliff

Life at Kemper

  • 25 years of experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a state employee, member of various state boards and as a private sector government relations professional
  • Practice centers on transportation, economic development, procurement, regulatory, and state budget issues
  • Represents clients primarily before executive and legislative branch agencies, boards and commissions, as well as the Virginia General Assembly

Life Before Kemper

  • Assistant Secretary and Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation
  • Office of the Director for the Virginia Department of Aviation handling Aviation Policy for the Commonwealth
  • Graduate of Longwood University with a BS in Political Science and minors in History and Psychology and Bowling Green State University with a MPA specializing in Public Law

Professional Life

  • Transition Director and Chair of the Transition Committee for Governor Ralph S. Northam, working pro bono from Election Day through Inauguration to recruit administration personnel and develop an initial policy agenda
  • Eight years on the Longwood University Board of Visitors. Served twice as rector for a total of four years
  • Eight years on the Virginia Aviation Board. Served seven years as Vice Chair
  • Member, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Served on the boards of numerous Richmond based non-profit organizations
  • Graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Has been to all 50 United States and all 13 Presidential Libraries
  • Enjoys reading, especially biographies
  • Loves to cheer for her daughter, a pole vaulter for Lafayette College
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Fred Helm

Life at Kemper

  • Over 25 years of experience in Virginia state government relations
  • Specific expertise in procurement strategy and administrative solutions with state agencies
  • Practice focuses on financial services, health care, insurance, telecommunications, and complex legislative disputes

Life Before Kemper

  • Legislative Assistant for a Congressional representative
  • Law Clerk for a federal judge
  • Commercial litigation attorney

Professional Life

  • Recognized in Legal Elite and Best Attorneys
  • Served two terms on the Virginia Lottery Board and two-years as Chair
  • Licensed attorney in Virginia

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Serves on the Board of the Shenandoah University
  • Camping and fishing enthusiast
  • Currently chasing after two teenage sons
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Michael Edwards

Life at Kemper

  • More than 30-years of state and local government relations experience in Virginia
  • Practice areas include budget and finance issues, transportation, and local government

Life Before Kemper

  • Deputy Director, Virginia Association of Counties
  • Executive Director, Foundation for Virginia
  • Deputy Executive Director, Virginia Municipal League

Professional Life

  • Supported the transition teams of every Democratic governor-elect since 1990 (Wilder, Warner, Kaine, McAuliffe, and Northam)
  • Previously taught graduate classes (public administration)

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Former member of the Hanover County Community Services Board
  • Avid golfer, and fan of the Baltimore Orioles
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Joel Andrus

Life at Kemper

  • Over fifteen years of state government experience in Virginia
  • Practice Areas including education, healthcare, maritime, taxation, manufacturing, and budgetary issues
  • Specific expertise on helping clients navigate Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need process

Life Before Kemper

  • Worked in economic development with the City of Suffolk
  • Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a BA in English and minor in Philosophy

Professional Life

  • Graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
  • Graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute
  • Graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Teaches Sunday school at his local church
  • Active in the VMI Alumni Association
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Martha Trapani

Life at Kemper

  • Directs client communications throughout the legislative session and event participation during the year
  • Administers firm and client disbursement of political contributions
  • Organizes firm-sponsored events and fundraisers
  • Manages Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council annual disclosures and registrations

Life Before Kemper

  • Assistant Director of Admissions at Norfolk Academy
  • Provider Relations for HMOs in Richmond and Hampton Roads
  • Graduate of Randolph-Macon College, BA in English

Professional Life

  • Former Volunteer and Board Member for Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater
  • Member of Norfolk Collegiate’s Annual Auction Committee

Life Outside of Kemper

  • 757 native, extensive knowledge of the people and issues surrounding Hampton Roads
  • Ski Enthusiast
  • Loves cheering on her daughter in Lacrosse and Tennis
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Ross Grogg

Life at Kemper

  • Over ten years of state government experience in Virginia
  • Practice Areas including education, healthcare, alcohol, maritime, taxation, utilities, and budgetary issues
  • Manages client political action committees including all filings with the State Board of Elections, the Federal Election Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service

Life Before Kemper

  • Legislative Aide and Political Director to State Senator Jeff McWaters (R – Virginia Beach)
  • Graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in Government

Professional Life

  • Treasurer of the Virginia Public Access Project
  • Graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
  • Graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute

Life Outside of Kemper

  • Serves on the Pastoral Council of St. Bridget Catholic Church
  • A New York native who loves the Yankees and the Rangers
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