Mehrens is General Counsel of Americans for Limited Government and President of Americans for Limited Government Foundation. Before that he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor. He previously served as Director of Research and General Counsel for several non-profit organizations that monitor and advocate on labor union issues.
At the Labor Department Mehrens drafted many regulatory reforms that the Department promulgated to increase labor union financial transparency. He shepherded each of these reforms through the approval process from beginning to end. Mehrens worked closely with the Department’s career lawyers on enforcement matters in the areas of white collar crime and labor union officer elections.
He also monitors regulations as a watchdog. Mehrens has drafted and filed regulatory comments with many federal agencies including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition he has litigation experience on regulatory matters representing amici in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the National Labor Relations Board.
Mehrens has significant experience with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He manages Americans for Limited Government’s FOIA program and has a history of bringing successful challenges when agencies attempt to withhold records. He has handled FOIA matters before most of the Executive Branch departments and the Independent Agencies.
Mehrens is a frequent media commentator and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, Fox News, Fox Business, the Daily Caller, the Washington Examiner, and other media outlets.