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Kimberly Kent, Kimberly

Kimberly Kent


Copper Dome Strategies, LLC
Greenville, SC
(864) 240-3206

Practice Areas

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Coal
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental & Energy
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Labor and Employment
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Waste Management

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • Converse College, B.A.

Professional Experience

Kimberly V. Kent joined Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in December 2011, as a lobbyist and consultant, to form Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the law firm. She will be based in the firm’s Greenville office when the South Carolina General Assembly is not in session and in the Columbia office during the session.

Ms. Kent has spent her professional career working in and around South Carolina government. Prior to joining Copper Dome Strategies, LLC, she spent four years with another private consulting group representing a variety of clients, including small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, professional trade associations and specific issue coalitions, on matters before federal, state, and local governments.

Ms. Kent began her legislative and legal career working as the vice president for governmental relations for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA). In this role, she represented the interests of many of South Carolina’s largest companies on issues related to economic development, environment, taxes, labor and employment and healthcare, before state agencies, the governor’s Office and the S.C. General Assembly.

Following this position, Ms. Kent served as the governmental affairs director and assistant general counsel for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. While at the state’s leading industrial recruiting agency, she was the primary liaison for the agency between the executive branch and the S.C. General Assembly on all state funding matters relating to commerce, statutory changes relating to tax incentives and for any and all legislative changes needed by the agency to assist companies interested in expanding or locating new economic development projects in South Carolina.

In 2005, Ms. Kent joined the South Carolina Medical Association as the chief policy officer of the statewide trade association that serves more than 6,000 physicians. During her tenure, Ms. Kent served as the association’s general counsel, directed all legislative initiatives before the S.C. General Assembly and the executive branch and managed the recruitment and renewal of physician memberships. She was responsible for all membership publications as well as all communications to members, the public, and the S.C. General Assembly.

Combined with her legal training, Ms. Kent’s wide range of experience working in the private sector, professional trade associations and state government, gives her a unique ability to represent a variety of clients.

Legislative Experience

  • Government Relations Consulting, South Carolina-based law firm (2008-November 2011)
  • Chief Policy Officer, SC Medical Association (2005-2008)
  • Governmental Affairs Director & Assistant General Counsel, SC Department of Commerce (2004-2005)
  • Vice President for Government Relations, SC Manufacturers Alliance (2001-2004)

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