Our People

Richard P. (Pete) Hutchison, Esq.

Richard P. “Pete” Hutchison has dedicated nearly 30 years serving the Conservative movement with Landmark Legal Foundation.  Pete has been in the trenches for some of the most important public policy issues of the last quarter century:  school choice; judicial taxation; labor union political coercion; EPA, IRS, and other federal agency overreach and abuses; voter integrity; and in numerous U.S. Supreme Court cases dealing with significant constitutional issues.  Pete served as Landmark’s general counsel for 20 years and most recently has also acted as the Foundation’s executive vice president.  Pete is proud to succeed his longtime friend and Landmark colleague Mark Levin as Landmark’s president. 

Michael J. O'Neill, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel, Barbara K. Olson Legal Counsel

​Michael J. O'Neill serves as Assistant General Counsel and the Barbara K. Olson Legal Counsel.  He is a graduate of Villanova University and the Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.    He specializes in constitutional and regulatory legal matters, and has exposed tax abuse and improper political spending by non-profit groups.  He has authored numerous amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is a member of the Federalist Society and the American Bar Association.  Mike is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Matthew C. Forys, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel, Edwin Meese III Legal Counsel​

Matthew C. Forys serves as Assistant General Counsel and the Edwin Meese III Legal Counsel.  He is a graduate of Lafayette College and the Rutgers School of Law.  His prior experience includes general practice in New York and New Jersey.  He also served as a domestic policy analyst on Capitol Hill.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  At Landmark, he has uncovered government waste and improper political spending by nonprofit groups, resulting in extensive referral complaints with federal and state agencies.  He has also written amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court on various issues, including immigration, administrative and election law.  Matt is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

Board of Directors

Mark R. Levin

Mark Levin is host of The Mark Levin Show, which airs on nearly 400 stations across the country and satellite radio, and is heard by millions of listeners every week, as well as LevinTV, an online television program broadcast and FOX News Channel's (FNC) Life, Liberty & Levin (Sundays, 10-11 PM/ET).  


From 1996-2017 Mark served as Landmark Legal Foundation’s president.  He now serves as chairman of Landmark’s board.  Prior to joining Landmark, he served as an adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan's cabinet. Levin was Chief of Staff to then-Attorney General Edwin Meese and held other positions including Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, Deputy Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Throughout his career, Levin received numerous awards including the American Conservative Union's Ronald Reagan Award, the Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, and the Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech.

Additionally, Levin is an eight-time New York Times bestselling author, which includes his latest book, Unfreedom of the Press.

John N. Richardson, Jr. 

John Richardson is Executive Vice President and COO of the Club for Growth.  John has served as a senior executive for numerous private sector businesses for more than 30 years.  Prior to his work in the private sector, John was chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese and held other high level positions in the Reagan Justice Department. John is Landmark’s immediate past board chairman and has served on the Foundation’s board for two decades.

Edwin Meese III
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at The Heritage Foundation
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Perhaps best known as U.S. attorney general during Reagan’s second term, Meese’s service to the conservative icon stretched from the California governor’s mansion in 1966 to the White House in 1981 before he went to the Department of Justice four years later.


He graduated from Yale University in 1953 and holds a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley.


Meese spent much of his adult life working for Reagan, first after he was elected California’s governor in 1966 and then when he sought and won the presidency in 1980.


From January 1981 to February 1985, Meese held the position of counselor to the president -- the senior job on the White House staff -- and functioned as Reagan's chief policy adviser. 


Meese served as the 75th attorney general of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988. As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, he directed the Justice Department and led international efforts to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.


He also is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California and lectures, writes and consults throughout the United States on a variety of subjects.


As both attorney general and counselor to Reagan, Meese was a member of the Cabinet and the National Security Council. He served as chairman of the Domestic Policy Council and the National Drug Policy Board. After Reagan won the White House in the 1980 election, Meese headed the transition team. During the campaign, he was the Reagan-Bush Committee's senior official.


A retired colonel in the Army Reserve, Meese remains active in numerous civic and educational organizations.

President Donald Trump awarded Meese the highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom - in 2019.

Lawrence Davenport

Dr. Lawrence Davenport has over 25 years of top-level executive management and consulting experience in education, public and private sector business, and government. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President of Neher & Associates, a California-based management consulting firm. His experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of Bennett Yarger Associates, Executive Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director for FAU Foundation, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Florida Atlantic University.  As Executive Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Davenport raised more than 60 million dollars. The most funds raised in the University’s history. 


He served as Chief Executive Officer for the Paragon Foundation, Hale House Center, Inc, Deputy Administrative Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, Senior Vice President-Mid-Atlantic Region, Antin-Neher Associates, CA, Vice President of Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Milton Hershey School, PA, Chief Financial Officer for Seattle Public School, WA, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Planning at the University of California, San Francisco, Assistant Secretary for Management and Administration for the United States Department of Energy, DC, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, United States Department of Education, DC, Associate Director of ACTION, DC, Provost for the San Diego Community College District, CA, President San Diego Community College Educational Cultural Complex, Vice President for Development, Tuskegee Institute, AL and Assistant Dean, the University of Michigan-Flint, MI.


Dr. Davenport received a Doctorate of Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Master of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and Master of Science, University of Leicester.  Dr. Davenport received his Six Sigma Black Belt Professional Certification from Management and Strategy Institute. He also has completed additional training in management and finance at Stanford University, University of Southern California, and Harvard University among others.

Gary L. McDowell
Professor Emeritus, University of Richmond, Jepson School of Leadership Studies


Dr. Gary L. McDowell is a leading constitutional scholar who joined the Jepson faculty in 2003 after a distinguished career in public life and the academy.

Prior to coming to the Jepson School, McDowell directed the Institute of United States Studies and taught American studies at the University of London. He also served as a member of the United States-United Kingdom Educational Commission (The Fulbright Commission). Prior to his work in London, he directed the Office of the Bicentennial of the Constitution at the National Endowment for the Humanities, served as chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese, and held various positions at Tulane, Harvard, Harvard Law School, and Dickinson.

He was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution and Bradley Resident Scholar at the Center for Judicial Studies in Washington, D.C.

He is the author or editor of 11 books on subjects ranging from privacy to juvenile delinquency, politics, judicial power, and the Constitution. His most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press, is The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism.

He appeared as a commentator on the PBS special reports "The Kennedy Confirmation Hearings" and "The Bork Confirmation Hearings" with Roger Mudd.

McDowell frequently lectures and participates in public events, and serves as co-director of the John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the Jepson School

Board of Advisors

Larry P. Arnn
Hillsdale College
Hillsdale, MI
Charles J. Cooper
Attorney at Law
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
Washington, DC
Becky Norton Dunlop
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow
Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC
Philip Abrams
Boston, MA
Charles F. Rule
Attorney at Law
Paul/Weiss Law Firm
Washington, DC
Walter E. Williams
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
Fairfax, VA