Jay provides business development services, political strategy advice and direct legislative advocacy to an array of clients in Washington, DC and in Austin, Texas, with interests in procurement, appropriations, transportation, health care, renewable energy, insurance, tobacco regulation, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and tax matters.
He joined the Washington offices of the Chicago-based law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in 1997 as Legislative Representative for clients of the firm. He provided lobbying, media relations, crisis management and campaign finance services and advice to clients in a wide range of industries—from the mutual fund trade association to a major ship-husbanding contractor. He represented Computer Associates, then the world’s largest software manufacturer before the US Congress and the Virginia legislature, where he obtained solid results against an entrenched special interest which sought to legally infringe the intellectual property rights of the client. He successfully managed a multi-state project over five years to prevent the implementation of selective taxation of small tobacco manufacturers to the benefit of Big Tobacco.
In 2005, he left Bell, Boyd and formed Maguire Strategies, a boutique government affairs shop with clients in Florida, Texas and Washington, DC and strategic partnerships with lobby shops and law firms in several capital cities.
As a student at Sam Rayburn High School in Texas, Jay attended the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Georgetown University. Subsequently, Jay also worked as a counselor and speakers program director and assistant summer school director at the program and served as a counselor and assistant director at the JSA Summer School at UT Austin. Jay currently serves as chair of the JSA Texas Advisory Committee.