Ms. Garvie represents transportation, communications, consumer products, and other business clients before the Congress and federal agencies on issues dealing with economic, safety, and security regulation, infrastructure investment, litigation reform, taxes and trade. Among other matters, she has been actively involved in the passage of legislation on the development and implementation of Positive Train Control technology; the passage of legislation dealing with safety recalls of rental cars; proposed legislation dealing with the control of and access to data generated by autonomous vehicles; proposed legislation to reform the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; proposed legislation dealing with the collection of sales taxes on internet sales; and the passage of legislation implementing the Colombia Free Trade Act that included the duty-free treatment of flower imports on a retroactive basis.
Before joining the firm, she was chief counsel to the Subcommittees on Aviation; Surface Transportation; and Business, Trade, and Tourism of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the U.S. Senate, as well as counsel to the full committee. During her tenure with the committee from 1981 to 1987, she advised the senators on virtually all legislation affecting the regulation of the railroad, airline and trucking industries, as well as legislation providing for the sale of Conrail and the Alaska Railroad, and the transfer of Dulles and National Airports in Washington, D.C.
From 1978 to 1980 Ms. Garvie worked as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1980, she was detailed from the commission to the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation Committee to help develop and draft the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 and other transportation legislation. She also served as counsel to former U.S. Congressman Robert B. Duncan of Oregon from 1976 to 1978.
In 2004, Ms. Garvie was honored by the D.C. Women’s Bar Association as a “Star of the Bar” for her professional achievement and service to the Washington community.