C. Towner French

Managing Director, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Recent News:

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Names Three New Managing Directors in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia

Rose Christ, C. Towner French, and Joseph Hill were promoted to managing director, effective January 1, 2024.

Towner advises a diverse portfolio of clients on a broad spectrum of legislative issues, in a wide range of industry sectors, including health care, defense & aerospace, financial services, tax, transportation, natural resources, and foreign policy. Towner has a background in building and representing large coalitions. Before joining the firm, Towner was a partner at Capitol Counsel LLC, where he built a reliable portfolio of clients with matters before Congress and multiple Administrations. He previously served for nearly 15 years as a legislative and process specialist in the House of Representatives, most recently for House Republican leadership.

Before beginning his career in private practice, Towner served as the deputy staff director of the House Committee on Rules. Under Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), he led coalition efforts on behalf of the Rules Committee as liaison with leadership offices and a diverse range of key private stakeholder interests. Serving as the primary staff contact for members of Congress and congressional staff to the Rules Committee, he worked to promote critical legislation and establish a dynamic strategic process.

His extensive knowledge of the legislative process resulted in the passage of the Stephen Beck, Jr. ABLE Act, a bill promoting self-reliance and personal growth of persons with disabilities by authorizing new, dynamic ways for their families to save for their future.

In addition to his work for the Rules Committee, Towner developed strong bipartisan relationships through years of work for members of Congress from key state delegations, including Texas, Florida, and Illinois.

Towner previously served as the chief of staff for Chairman Pete Sessions, where he served as the primary liaison between Chairman Sessions and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). In his official capacity, he managed a diverse staff while maintaining primary responsibility for health care policy.

Prior to joining Chairman Sessions, Towner worked as the chief parliamentarian of the House Committee on Homeland Security. In that role, he served to direct legislative strategy and committee process for then-Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.).

Towner spent nine years with Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) as his chief of staff and legislative director. French’s years of experience within the Florida delegation made him a trusted adviser on a diverse portfolio of legislative issues, including health care, appropriations, transportation, telecommunications, and energy.

He began his service on Capitol Hill as an aide for Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-Ill.).

In addition to his work with the NRCC, Towner has worked on numerous high-profile congressional campaigns. He is an experienced hand at the intersection between policy and politics and possesses the ability to create and rally coalitions to successful outcomes.

Towner received a B.A. in political science and a certificate in business markets and management, both from Duke University.



Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Names Three New Managing Directors in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia

February 07, 2024

Rose Christ, C. Towner French, and Joseph Hill were promoted to managing director, effective January 1, 2024.

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies’ Patrick Martin, Alexandra Campau & Towner French Named Top Lobbyists 2023

December 08, 2023

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Executive Vice President Patrick Martin, Director of Health Policy Alexandra Campau, and Managing Director Towner French were named this year’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill under the Hired Guns category.

A New Congress—and an Even Longer Wait on Federal Data Privacy Bill?

November 22, 2022

Towner French was quoted in an article in LegaltechNews discussing whether a comprehensive data privacy bill will take longer than expected to become a reality.

Patrick Martin and Towner French Recognized Among the Hill’s Top 2021 Lobbyists

December 02, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Patrick Martin and Towner French, respectively managing director and senior principal at the firm’s Public Strategies group, have been named to The Hill’s 2021 Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns list.

Bipartisan infrastructure bill: Where things stand

August 09, 2021

Towner French joined FreightWaves NOW to provide an update on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in Congress.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Continues Federal Growth with Addition of C. Towner French

April 12, 2021

He will draw upon his extensive network and knowledge of government to assist clients with federal, state, and local legislation involving health care, financial services, tax, and transportation.


Congress Offers Limited Monetary Relief to Certain Defense Contractors Battling Inflation [Alert]

April 10, 2023

Congress granted the DoD new authority to modify existing fixed-price contracts to compensate defense contractors for increased costs arising from inflation.

New Congress, New Investigations [Alert]

January 10, 2023

Kevin McCarthy finally clinched the Speaker’s gavel and swore in members of the 118th Congress, which ushers in a new period of Congressional investigations.


  • Duke University, B.A., 2000

Awards & Honors

The Hill’s Top Lobbyist, 2021