Brian has a broad public affairs background, with experience in public relations, government relations, grassroots advocacy and media relations in the public and private sectors. At SDA, Mr. Hannigan has focused on international trade, defense, and transportation issues.
Prior to joining Smith Dawson & Andrews in 2007, Brian served as a departmental deputy director in the administration of former Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner and as communications director for the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority and the City of Alexandria, Virginia. As managing director in the Washington office of Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs, Brian successfully managed the grassroots advocacy campaign to enact the Credit Union Membership Access Act. Brian previously served as external relations director at PhRMA, a major trade association that represents leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, and as a consultant to Pfizer. Earlier in his career, Brian served as Appointments Secretary to the Governor of Illinois and as an international trade representative at the Illinois Department of Commerce.
Brian is a graduate of Saint Louis University.