Michael Toner joined the firm in 2007 after serving as chairman of the Federal Election Commission in 2006. He was nominated to be an FEC commissioner by President George W. Bush on March 4, 2002, and was appointed to the FEC on March 29, 2002. The United States Senate confirmed Mr. Toner as an FEC commissioner on March 18, 2003.
Prior to serving on the FEC, Mr. Toner was chief counsel of the Republican National Committee. He joined the RNC in 2001 after serving as general counsel of the Bush-Cheney transition team in Washington, D.C., and general counsel of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign in Austin, Texas. Before his tenure on the Bush-Cheney campaign, Mr. Toner was deputy counsel at the RNC from 1997-1999. He was counsel to the Dole-Kemp presidential campaign in 1996.
Mr. Toner was an associate attorney at another law firm in Washington, D.C., from 1992-1996. While there, he was involved in a number of First and 14th Amendment appellate litigation matters, including two cases that were successful in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Toner has served as an adjunct professor of law at the William and Mary Law School and as a lecturer in the department of politics at the University of Virginia.