About Us


With more than thirty years of combined experience on Capitol Hill, in law firm practice, and as boutique firm owners, NSGS’s founding principals are perfectly positioned to handle your Washington needs.

John D. McMickle


John McMickle is a founding principal of North South Government Strategies. From 1995-2001, John served as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he advised Chairman Grassley (R-IA) on an array of policy matters under the committee's jurisdiction, including the last comprehensive re-write of the nation's bankruptcy laws. After leaving the Hill, Mr. McMickle served for a decade as a partner in the government affairs department of a major international law firm and then as President of a boutique public strategies consulting firm. Mr. McMickle received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1989 and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 1994.

Publication Credits:

  • Co-author of the Bankruptcy Code Manual, a legal guide to bankruptcy law published by Thomson Publishing (2004-2010).
  • Author, “Trade-In Value and Auto Loans After Bankruptcy Reform,” The Bankruptcy Strategist, November/December 2009 (Part I, Part II)
  • Author, “Living Expenses in Chapter 13: A Fresh Look at the Legislative History of Bankruptcy Reform,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2008.
  • John McMickle is a frequent panelist on bankruptcy policy issues.

Eric J. Silva


Eric Silva is a founding principal at NSGS. He began his career in Washington as a Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center and the Corporation For Enterprise Development before serving as an aide to Senator James M. Jeffords (I-VT) on his Finance Committee and Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee portfolio. He also served as an aide to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Prior to founding NSGS, Eric practiced law for more than eight years in the Government and Regulatory Affairs group of a major international law firm.

Policy Experience:

Mr. Silva has significant experience in a number of policy areas, including tax, agriculture, financial services, health care, energy and the environment, and trade. Mr. Silva has successfully advocated for client interests on some of the most significant legislation of the past decade, including:
  • The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • The 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills

Additional Experience:

While practicing law, Mr. Silva served as legal counsel to clients on matters related to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Lobbying Disclosure Act and congressional and executive branch ethics rules. He also served as in-house counsel to a major law firm Political Action Committee.  

Publication Credits:

Co-author:  “Lobbying: Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel,” Thomson Reuters Press, (2010 - 2014).  


Mr. Silva received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. While at Boston College, he was a member of the University President’s Council on Student Formation and the recipient of the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Award for International Service. In law school, he competed on the Notre Dame International Moot Court Team and represented clients pro bono on a variety of matters through the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic.

Board Memberships:

Eric proudly serves as a Board Director for the following organizations: