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Former U.S. Congressman Bill Owens is a Senior Strategic Advisor with Dentons headquartered in Washington, D.C and also returned as a partner to Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC in January 2015. As the federal representative for New York’s 21st District (previously 23rd) for five years, Congressman Owens developed a deep understanding of issues directly impacting his constituents, including matters related to U.S.-Canada trade, health care and agriculture.
While in Congress, Congressman Owens served on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Small Business Committee. In his final two year term he served on the exclusive House Appropriations Committee including the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Congressman Owens authored five pieces of legislation that were signed into law during his tenure in Congress including three provisions included in the 2014 Farm Bill that had a direct, positive impact on the lives of the farmers in his district. An accomplished public speaker on topics related to the U.S. – Canada relationship, Congressman Owens spoke at (1) CANAM Border Trade Counsel, October 6, 2015, Washington, DC, Moderator for the Congressional panel – The View from the Hill; (2) US Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting August 13, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada, Panelist with the Honorable Betty Sutton, Administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and the Honorable Jean-Claude Lauzon, Quebec Delegate General to New York discussing Canada/US Trade; (3) Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 25th Annual Summit, July 12-16, 2015, Big Sky, Montana, Panelist: Discussion including Legislative response on Oil Car Safety and Capacity, Oil Tank Car Regulatory Status and Future Capacity Shortfalls; (4) North Country Alliance, June 17, 2015, Plattsburgh, NY, Keynote Speaker on Economic Development; (5) Conference of Montreal, June 8-11, 2015, Guest Speaker on “U.S. Growth and the Challenges for Québec Firms” Working Breakfast Seminar; (6) North Country Chamber of Commerce Event, Doing Business in the U.S., June 3, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada; (7) New York Legislative Breakfast with Counsel General John Prato, May 27, 2015, Albany, New York; (8) CANAM Border Trade Alliance, May 4, 2015, Ottawa, ON, Canada; (9) Ottawa Economic Association Conference, April 1, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; (10) The North American Competitiveness Conference, March 2, 2015, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.; (11) McClean’s Magazine TV Show, Panel Member, March 2015; (12) North American Competiveness Conference, October 2014, Toronto, Canada; (13) the Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum September 11-12, 2014, El Paso, Texas, Speech entitled: A Tale of Two Borders: Capitalizing on Mexico and Canada; (14) CABC Annual Policy Summit, “North America Fueling the Future”, June 17, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A View From Parliament and Congress; (15) Business Export Workshop at SUNY Adirondack, June 13, 2014, Queensbury, New York, Event entitled: “New Markets, New Jobs: Practical Steps from Small Business to Grow through Exports”; (16) Canadian Embassy Provincial-Territorial Consultations Breakfast, May 9, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A Conversation with Congressman Owens and Paul Frazer; (17) U.S. Chamber Luncheon with The Honorable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada January 16, 2014, U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Washington, D.C.; (18) A Northern Border Caucus Panel: Commonsense Regulatory Reforms to Enhance North American Trade and Create American Jobs, November 14, 2013, Rayburn HOB-Washington, D.C.; (19) CAN-US Intra Parliamentary Group Trip November 4-5, 2013 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Canada/U.S Lawmaker Roundtable; (20) Chair and Presenter at Beyond the Border Event and Regulatory Cooperation Council Forum, April 5, 2013, Potsdam, New York.
Congressman Owens served as co-chair of the House Northern Border Caucus with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) which coordinated five northern border events in past three years in both Washington, D.C. and New York’s 21st congressional district.
During his service in Congress, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the North Country Health and Systems Redesign Commission. While in Congress, he was appointed by the Governor as a panelist on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).
The Congressman was also involved in the waiver application by New York State to CMS, which resulted in the availability of $6.5 billion for distribution under the DSRIP Program.
Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Congressman Owens was in private practice in Plattsburgh for thirty years, and prior to that served for four years in the United States Air Force as a JAG officer.
- Edmonton Journal, November 5, 2014, New Frontiers Await NAFTA Partners
- Transport Topics, November 10, 2014, Upgrade Border Ports of Entry
- Canada-United States Law Journal, 2012, Beyond the Border: A New Chapter in North
- The Congressman regularly writes for the Hill, a Washington D.C. beltway publication.
- The Congressman is a regular commentator on WAMC radio, offering a monthly editorial
- The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2014, Weak Wages Make a Weak Economy
- Albany Times Union, July 31, 2014, Climate Change Forces a New Look at Food
- Watertown Daily Times, February 14, 2014
- Strictly Business, 2006—2009, Numerous business articles
- The Legal Edge, July 2009, Wind Turbine Easements And Other Easements
- Air Force Law Review, Spring 1977, Article Exclusions and Adjustments to Gross Income
- Air Force JAG Report, Vol. 3, 1976, Study on Self-Proving Clauses in Wills
- The Hill, 2015, Contributor, Numerous Articles
Board Service - Current
- Arrow Financial Corp.
- Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Canada Institute
- CANAMBTA Advisory Board
Board Service - Prior
- Chairman of Plattsburgh State University of New York Business and Advancement Advisory Council
- The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center, Inc.
- F.W. Myers & Co., Inc. (1988-1998)-Member Management Committee
- Champlain Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a CommutAir (a Continental Connection organization)