Ches McDowell is a lobbyist who represents a wide variety of clients in all levels of government with a focus on the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Delegation in the United States Congress. Ches represents clients in many industries including health care, financial services, entertainment, technology, outdoor sports, aviation, municipal government, nonprofits, state-wide associations, elections, energy, pharmaceuticals, real estate development, gaming, and professional sports. He was selected as one of the top 10 lobbyists in North Carolina by the North State Journal and he received honorable mentions for representing 45 clients during the 2020 North Carolina General Assembly short session with a diverse portfolio and for leading the lobbying corps in athletic representation. *Ches is Senior Managing Director of KTS Strategies LLC and is not providing legal services. Although KTS Strategies LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, it is a separate entity, is not a law firm, and does not provide legal services. Consequently, KTS Strategies LLC is not subject to the rules of professional conduct applicable to lawyers and law firms and its clients do not enjoy the protections of the attorney-client relationship.
Ches was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2023 for Government Relations Practice. He was selected by Triad Business Journal as one of its “40 Leaders Under 40” in 2021. Ches was recognized as a “Young Gun” in 2019 by Business North Carolina magazine.
Ches participates annually in the National Conference of State Legislators, American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting, State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Ag Chairs Summit, and other national and state political meetings.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable David M. Warren at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Previously, Ches was a Senior Legislative Consultant/Lobbyist at Randolph E. Cloud and Associates and a Lobbyist with a Raleigh, North Carolina law firm where he consulted, advised and lobbied for clients in a variety of industries with a wide range of interests. He also worked for Senator Phil Berger in his position as Senate Republican Leader, and later when Senator Berger was elected Senate President Pro Tempore.
While attending law school, Ches served as a legal intern for the Wake County Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Campbell University School of Law J.D. (2014)
North Carolina State University B.A. (2011) Political Science, magna cum laude, with departmental honors
North Carolina (2014)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina - Honorable David M. Warren
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Board of Trustees, Member
North Carolina Outdoor Heritage Council, Member
Smith Province Council of Kappa Alpha Order, Deputy Province Commander
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors, Member
North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association, Member
Triangle Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, Co-Chair
North Carolina Forestry Advisory Council, Member
North Carolina Bar Association, Member
Alpha Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order, Alumni Advisory Council, Member
Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Member
Fellowship Home, Board Member
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winston-Salem, Board Member
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